Confessions of a Shopaholic Essay

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English Culminating Activity| June 14
2011
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Thesis statement: Three characters that reveal the theme are Rebecca Bloomwood, Derek Smeath and Susan Cleath-Stuart. | Sub-Topic #1Rebecca Bloomwood| Sub-Topic #2Derek Smeath | Sub-Topic #3Susan Cleath-Stuart| Quote #1| “I pick up my letters and bills and begin lowly to leaf through them.” – pg. 292| “Perhaps you would be kind enough to ring my assistant, Erica Parnell, and arrange a meeting to discuss your ongoing overdraft needs.”- pg.4 | “Call in sick! There’s a sale at D&G, we must go!”- pg.293| Quote #2| “Money, money, money. It’s an obsession” – pg.71| “Let’s see what we can sort out.” – pg. 288| “Let’s go shopping! That’ll take your mind off of things.” – pg. 152| Quote #3| “Sh*t. It’s the bank. Oh God. They sent me that letter, didn’t they, and I never did anything about it.”- pg.79 | “No more excuses.” – pg.288| “Don’t worry about paying the rent. Worry about your bills and the bank manager.” – pg.227|

Confessions of a Shopaholic
This book is called Confessions of a Shopaholic, which is written by Sophie Kinsella. The theme of this book is mainly about shopping, debts and managing money. It is a story based on a young shopaholic that can simply not stop shopping. She later falls into lots of debt due to the ignorance and lack of organization. This book also talks about how she pulls herself of the debt trap and gets right back on track. The three characters that reveal the theme are, Rebecca Bloomwood, Derek Smeath and Susan Cleath-Stuart.

The first character that reveals the theme of a shopaholic is Rebecca Bloomwood, the character. She is a young woman around the age of 25, who lives with her best friend Susan Cleath-Stuart in a little flat in London. Rebecca is a college graduate, who unintentionally lands on a career as a financial journalist at a magazine company called Successful Savings. The shopaholic works a lot so she can make a good living and be able to shop with no limits. “Money, money, money. It’s an obsession!” (Kinsella, 71) she admits. Rebecca is addicted to shopping, she is truly a shopaholic. Which is usually not a problem, but it becomes a problem when customers, such as Rebecca, use their Visa Cards and not pay their bills. Nearly two-thirds of Americans have some sort of debt. The ones that do have debt, have taken on more in the past five years, according to an analysis of the credit records of 3 million twentysomethings that Experian, a credit-reporting agency, did for USA TODAY. Many ways they have increased their debt are; claiming they never received the bill, blaming the companies for sending a false bill, avoid paying bills and/or changing their names. Making reference to this quote, “Sh*t. It’s the bank. Oh God. They sent me that letter, didn’t they, and I never did anything about it” (Kinsella, 79). Expectantly, Miss Bloomwood had already tried escaping her bills by trying two out of three ways. Struggling with her debilitating obsession with shopping, Rebecca finally decides it is time to take a look at all her bills because they are coming down on her extremely fast. “I pick up my letters and bills and begin lowly to leaf through them.” (Kinsella, 292) Ironically writing about the very consumer caution of which she herself has not abided, Rebecca is innovative comparisons and unconventional metaphors for economics grants her critical acclaim and public success. She ends up accomplishing her ultimate goal of overcoming her "shopaholic" condition.

The second character that reveals the theme of depts in this novel is the bank manager, Derek Smeath. Derek is the manager of the Endwich Bank. Many people have described him as patient, caring and kind due to actions in the book. After many excuses Rebecca gives Derek, he still understands and gives Rebecca another chance to clear up her debts. Considering his personality and actions, he is...
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