The Night Gardener Themes & Motifs

Jonathan Auxier
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Stories versus Lies

Stories and lies are two different things, argues Jonathan Auxier in his novel The Night Gardener. Auxier articulates this argument through Hester and Molly, based on a discussion the two have toward the middle of the novel. Stories and lies are indeed different, and serve different purposes. These both are in turn contrasted with legends, which serve deeper purposes.

Molly comes to realize that lies are harmful, and help people hide away from life. Stories are helpful, and encourage and empower people to face life head-on. As a storyteller, it is important that Molly knows the difference. Through much of the early part of the novel, Molly wants her brother to be strong and not complain after arriving off the boat and reaching the Windsor estate. She lies to him and tells him their parents will soon be coming for them.

Molly’s lies...

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