Brooklyn (novel) Themes & Motifs

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Self-Discovery

Self-discovery is an important theme in the novel “Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin. Self-discovery, thematically, includes the process and progress of an individual not only in becoming a stronger and better person emotionally, spiritually, and morally, but of the individual learning more about himself or herself through life experiences. In the novel, it is Eilis who experiences tremendous self-discovery through her time in Brooklyn.

When the novel begins, Eilis is a kind but shy girl who believes her entire life will be spent in Enniscorthy. Eilis has little self-confidence and feels as if she lives in the shadow of her older, gorgeous sister Rose, whom she deeply loves. While Eilis is studying bookkeeping and hopes to be able to work, she expects that her life will primarily consist of getting married and having children. She expects little real excitement, and expects to have a quiet, contented life...

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