I believe that Charity is not only a naive character, but she doesn't know who she really wants to be in life. She is not sure of her aspirations and whether or not North Dormer can actually help her conquer them. Lucius Harney is supposed to highlight the fact that Charity is such a weak character, because he is too. They are both searching for growth in their lives but cannot see outside of their existance to grow from their experiences. Mr. Royall, is very similar to Charity in the fact that he is unsure of his person, but he contrasts Charity in a way to compliment her growth as a person. He allows her space enough to grow but a reinforcement when she may need it. Summer was written to show that relationships do not work out when neither character can grow and change together, and that is why in the end, Charity finds herself with her first suitor, her father character, Mr. Royall.
Summer is a fascinating portrayal of human nature, richly written yet brief in dialogue. It's scope encompasses a range of intriguing topics: the change in perspective that comes from the transition from adolescence to adulthood (and from young adulthood to middle age and beyond), the notion that the grass is always greener, the regret of opportunities lost, and the experiencing of disappointment, betrayal, loyalty and friendship. Summer portrays a slice of life, although one cut with a jagged knife. The characters, like the setting of North Dormer, are far less than perfect. But it is out of their flawed views and actions that we gain a glimpse into the rich complexity of their humanity. Out of their flaws, they find resolution. While it may be difficult to accept the outcome by today's cultural standards, it no doubt adds to the mystery and, yes, reality of the novel's characters.
Summer is not a bad book. It is a beautiful book, in my opinion, because the symbolism of the summer awakening is like Charity herself awakening. Lucius was weak but he is not a failure as a written character. His weakness is a very typical thing in some people and Charity was very mature to realize this and let him go. But how Charity could marry Mr. Royal is beyond me.
Still, I enjoyed the book. It spoke to me the sad truth of life for so many of us.... Sometimes we must settle and let our dreams go.
This was a bad book. The characters all have some of the worst possible qualities. Charity is naive and ignorant, yet acts like the queen of North Dormer. Lucius Harney is conniving and cruel to Charity, decieving her because he knows she is weak. Lawyer Royall takes advantage of Charity, like Harney, and while saves her, chooses what is almost literally a path of incest, regardless of what went on during that time. The doctor is mean, and most of the smaller roles have some sort of fault.
where is the feminism in here?
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