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Coming of Age

Throughout the story, as Anna traverses nearly five years of her life, she faces many trials and tribulations that test her character. These all serve to teach her essential lessons in her young life. Though many of the experiences Anna goes through tests her will and resolve to maintain a sense of hope (being beaten by the whip, accosted by Master Jeffrey, and facing an extremely dangerous road of escape) she finds herself pulling through, perhaps shaken, but never broken. Also indicative of this theme are the emotions that carry her through the book: her fears, doubts, motives, excitement, and resolve that strengthen her character as she moves through her teen years.



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