Searching For Sylvie Lee Themes & Motifs

Jean Kwok
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Family

The novel portrays family dynamics as both necessary and potentially fraught, but ultimately the story emphasizes the inherent value and meaning of such relationships as sources of love and support. This dynamic is most prominent in the sisterhood of Amy and Sylvie, for although several major dynamics emphasize the separation between them, their mutual love and loyalty remains strong. Sylvie spend the first nine years of her life living in Holland before moving to America to live with Ma and Pa, while Amy has lived in America her entire life. Moreover, Sylvie is a consistent overachiever, while Amy faces more setbacks in her education and professional goals. Nonetheless, the sisters love each other dearly, as evidenced by Amy’s determination to find Sylvie after she goes missing. As Amy says, “Sylvie rescued me. And now it’s my turn to rescue her” (136). The novel thereby illustrates...

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