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The Golden Notebook Themes

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Themes

Fragmentation

The main theme of this novel is the idea of that a person can become fragmented. Anna's fragmentation is evidenced by her four notebooks. Anna keeps these notebooks in an effort to keep these different parts of herself compartmentalized and sanitary. In reality, it is this inability to regard all her experiences as a whole that keeps Anna from being a healthy person. It is only after she is able to integrate these individual parts of herself in her final notebook, the golden notebook, that Anna is able to being the process of healing.

In addition to Anna's personal fragmentation the idea of the division of a person is seen in other characters on a more general sense. Tommy, for instance, fights against being torn apart by the desires of his parents. His father wants him to be a businessman while his mother wants him to stay away...

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The Golden Notebook from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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