A Virtuous Woman Themes & Symbolism

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The power and resiliency of love is the primary theme of A Virtuous Woman. Ruby is able to love even after being horribly abused and scorned. Jack trusts love despite his history of repelling women and lacking an affectionate companion. Other characters display differing forms of love, whether in the form of parental love for offspring or companionable love for friends.

Love prevails over sinister attempts to kill it, such as John Woodrow savoring his destruction of Ruby's romantic beliefs. Devotion to loved ones is a theme in Gibbons's novel, whether it appears in the form of Ruby preparing meals for Jack to consume after her death or Jack visiting Ruby as she wastes away underneath the hospital oxygen tent. Gibbons shows that love never dies but is present spiritually in the form of warm feelings and memories even when the physical sources of love have been removed...

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