Dept. of Speculation Themes & Motifs

Jenny Offill
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Regret

Even from the very start of the book, the main character is focusing on how alone she feels. She wants to get into a relationship because she thinks that it will get rid of her loneliness and make her feel complete. Initially it does work and she does genuinely seem to be happy when she’s with her soon to be husband. Even this seems like a temporary band aid though. Both the husband and wife still have dreams of their own that they aren’t choosing to pursue while they’re together. They’ll talk about it, and even write about it when they send letters to themselves through the dept. of speculation.

Once they have a child together, she comments about how she will love the child unconditionally forever and never wants the child to leave. She attaches herself to the child and is...

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