Cradle and All Themes

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Pregnancy is a central topic in Cradle and All. Every action taken by the characters in this book surrounds the girls' pregnancies, their health, and their babies' futures. The methods by which the girls became pregnant is of particular importance in determining whether or not the girls' offspring are holy. The very first chapter opens with Kathleen coming to terms with her pregnancy. Because both girls are virgins, the idea that they are in fact pregnant is an interesting concept. The notion of a virgin pregnancy is what prompts the church's interest in the girls. The church's curiosity and resources are ultimately what leads the various priests, including Justin, and Anne to the girls. Any other pregnancy would be considered normal, but the circumstances surrounding the conception of these two children are reminiscent of the prophecy told by the Blessed Mother at Fatima. Following the birth of Kathleen's...

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