Lilac Girls: A Novel Themes & Motifs

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Religion and Morality

Caroline, Kasia and Zuzanna serve as Jesus figures within the novel as their self-sacrifice, charity and nobility drives the plot forward and distinguishes the girls from the evil enemy they're fighting against.

At multiple instances in the novel, Caroline's actions parallel those of Jesus Christ. Her obligation to selflessness is so deeply rooted in the essence of her character that she sacrifices her own happiness for the greater good. When Paul meets her at the coat drive she organizes for orphans, he tells her how much he has missed her presence. He smells incredible, deliciously tempting her towards lustful thoughts, even though he has a wife. He tempts her with French dinner, even though so many people are starving in Paris. Perhaps most tempting, is his promise of giving them a life together, even though he has a four-year old daughter. "Love your daughter...

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