Pentimento Themes

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Strength of Character

Although "Pentimento" written by Lillian Hellman focuses on people and events that impacted her life, much of the author's own character and strengths shine through. Lillian emerged as a very opinionated and independent person which probably helped to develop her unique writing style and enabled her to become a huge success in a era and in a field in which women were the rarity. As is usually the case, her upbringing had a lot to do in forming her personality and character.

Lillian was an only child and was shuttled between New York and New Orleans, spending a half a school year in each locale. While this arrangement would seem to be detrimental to a young student, it seemed to have toughened the young Lillian and exposed her to two cultures which broadened her perspective at a very tender age. By being part of the diverse...

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