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Room by Emma Donoghue, Essential Revision Notes

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Table of Contents

Context 7

Summary 8

Characters 9

Jack 9

Ma 9

Old Nick 10

Grandma and Steppa 11

Paul, Deana, and Bronwyn 12

Grandpa 12

Dr Clay and Noreen 12

The General Public 13

Themes and Supporting Quotations 14

Family 14

1. 14

2. 14

3. 14

4. 14

5. 14

6. 15

7. 15

8. 15

9. 15

10. 15

Freedom and Confinement 15

1. 16

2. 16

3. 16

4. 16

5. 16

6. 16

7. 17

8. 17

9. 17

10. 17

Exploration 17

1. 17

2. 18

3. 18

4. 18

5. 18

6. 18

7. 18

8. 19

9. 19

10. 19

The Home 19

1. 19

2. 20

3. 20

4. 20

5. 20

6. 20

7. 20

8. 20

9. 21

10. 21

Society and Class 21

1. 21

2. 21

3. 21

4. 22

5. 22

6. 22

7. 22

8. 22

9. 22

10. 23

Wisdom and Knowledge 23

1. 23

2. 23

3. 23

4. 23

5. 24

6. 24

7. 24

8. 24

9. 24

10. 24

Language and Communication 25

1. 25

2. 25

3. 25

4. 25

5. 25

6. 26

7. 26

8. 26

9. 26

10. 26

Fear 26

1. 27

2. 27

3. 27

4. 27

5. 27

6. 27

7. 28

8. 28

9. 28

10. 28

Time 28

1. 29

2. 29

3. 29

4. 29

5. 29

6. 30

7. 30

8. 30

9. 30

10. 30

Sample Answer 31

Emma Donoghue’s Room, A Personal Response 31

Context

We remember our childhood room. It was a nice, safe place, a place where we could play, sleep, and zone out in front of the television watching cartoons.

In Room, Jack's Room is similar. He plays. He sleeps. He watches Dora the Explorer. And he helps his Ma, who lives there with him, scream for help every day because his room is actually a soundproof shed in a backyard of a man who kidnapped Jack's Ma seven years ago and has kept them there ever since.

This is the kind of ripped-from-the-headlines plot that gets an author noticed, but Emma Donoghue took her book a step further by making five-year-old Jack the narrator of Room. This gripping story and unique narrator put Donoghue on the world's literary radar when Room was published in 2010, and the book earned her rooms full of award nominations and accolades. The book was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize and long-listed for the Orange prize.

The novel's eerie similarity to current events keeps it on the bestseller lists. In 2011, Jaycee Lee Dugard, who had been missi...

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