Something Strange and Deadly Themes & Motifs

Susan Dennard
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Feminism and Freedom

The dual concept of feminism and freedom is a major theme found throughout Susan Dennard's novel, "Something Strange and Deadly." Feminism, which at its root level concerns female empowerment and decision-making, is seen as an ally to the clamor for greater female freedoms in the novel. Most notably, the combination of feminism and freedom affect Eleanor, Jie, and even to an unrecognized extent, Clarence.

When it comes to Eleanor, feminism and freedom run hand-in-hand. Eleanor does her best to conform to both her mother's and society's expectations. However, she is not comfortable with some of the decisions being placed upon her, such as her mother's desire for her to marry at the age of sixteen. Eleanor ultimately comes to reject this way of life, although she does not reject the idea of marrying Clarence at all. By falling in league with the Spirit-Hunters, Eleanor...

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