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Salt to the Sea Themes & Motifs

Ruta Sepetys
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Fairytales and folklore

The author uses fairytales and folklore throughout the novel - and particularly through the character of Emilia - to convey metaphors of what is "really" happening, in much the same way as many people suffering under the regime must have done so. Emilia is pivotal in the continuance of this theme, with her constant allusions to the folkloric heritage of her country.

First, Emilia foreshadows the oncoming of a savior-figure with a recollection of the story of the “sleeping knights” who are ready to come to Poland’s rescue. This would have been familiar with many Polish people at the time, and it would most likely have been in their minds as Poland fell to the enemies and they were uncertain of their future. However, for Emilia, the "knight" actually seems to materialize, as Florian rescues her from an attacker, he becomes known to...

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