Year of Wonders

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In the novel ‘Year of Wonders’, written by Geraldine Brooks, the characters who survived the plague in the small English village, Eyam in 1665-1666 all transform in extensive ways. Those characters who survive the bubonic plague all experience dramatic changes in meaningful ways. These changes are displayed in the characters Anna Frith, Michael Mompellion and Elinor Mompellion. The plague has pushed Anna Frith to react in unexpected ways as she displays change, leading her to move overseas and attempt to start her life fresh. Michael Mompellion also shows that because of the plague, he has been brought to the point of where the one he loves most, Elinor Mompellion, is murdered. The murder makes Michael resign as a rector and start to doubt God. Elinor and Aphra also experience change in different ways as Elinor’s trust and compassion for others grows and Aphra turns to witchcraft, in which both impulses result in the death of each of them. This is all clear confirmation showing that through the book where characters such as those mentioned continue to exist through the tragedy that occurred in Eyam, 1665-1666 and evolve in significant ways.

Anna Frith, the main character in ‘Year of Wonders’ is one of the many that survived the plague. She was pushed to extreme lengths as a result of grief, faith and fear which influenced her to change. Anna’s faith and fear caused her to help others in need and put them before herself. Initially, Anna motivates herself to keep moving forward and not giving herself time to mourn, with the support of Elinor. Unlike other household servants, Anna learned to read and write. Her fears and faith have taught her to stick up for herself, doing things in which she thought was the right thing to do. Anna has learned to stick up for herself and has learned the practices of a mid wife. This has led her to follow her passion and heart to places away from England, changing her life positively and for the benefit of herself and others. Anna...
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