The Thing in the Forest

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Imagine an Iraqi girl, in the wake of 9/11, exposed to the tortures of war. Everywhere she looks she is surrounded by the awful sights, sounds and smells. She never knows at any moment, and with every turn of a corner what is going to happen. One morning she is awaken and stripped from her parents home by a person she does not even know. Scared and lonely, the girl is carted off to a house with several other children. None of them know what is going on or why they are in this place. Is it because they have missed behaved or is it because their parents just don’t love them anymore? After they all have settled into this new place, they are separated yet again and put into new families. Never are these children explained to what is happening. In “The Thing in the Forest”, Primrose and Penny endured just that. The girls went through terrible events in their lives that never had any explanation. These events in turn caused the girls to endure conflict with themselves their entire lives.

The girl’s first internal conflict was trying to understand why they were being put in their situation. Both girls tried to rationalize it with themselves of why they were going through the events that were unfolding. These girls were scared and alone, knowing that the only people in their lives that were suppose to protect them, their parents, had let them go in this hard time. The girls, wondered “whether it was a sort of holiday or a sort of punishment, or a bit of both; Both had the idea that these were all perhaps not very good children, possibly being sent away for that reason”(225). They poor girls not knowing until they were grown why they were stripped from their parents, had to bury their feelings of what was going on and move on. Both girls came to the conclusion that they were “able to define each other as nice” and they “would stick together” (225).

The second internal conflict the girls had to endure was the feelings that they felt from “The thing”. I feel like “the...
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