Serena V. Rachel Essay

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In the story Serena by Ron Rash, he sets the story in the state of North Carolina within mountains. The main characters he creates are Serena Pemberton who is the main character, George Pemberton who is Serena’s husband, Rachel Harmon, and Jacob Harmon who is Rachel’s son. Throughout the book, Serena and her husband George have many struggles such as marriage problems and killing people who they see as a threat or competition to them. They also have to deal with the fact that Racheal was impregnated by George; they both share a son Jacob. Within the whole conflict of the book, the two characters that really stand out as opposites are Serena and Rachel. When it comes to Serena she expresses ...view middle of the document...

It also shows her power and how she will do anything to fix her problems; killing whatever is in her way.
Rachel is a young woman, who is known for being kind, a hard worker, and a caring person. She starts out her life struggling not only with the death of her father, but having a baby at a young age. She struggles day by day being a single mother to her son Jacob, “The child squirmed inside the blanket she'd covered him in against the morning chill (Rash 39). This shows Rachel’s kindness and love toward her son and what she would do for him. Within this action, it shows her motive towards Jacob, that she is always thinking about him and how she can help him as an only parent for him. Another quote from the book, “Rachel kneeled and worried the fish hook out free from the raccoon’s mouth. She looked at the fur, knowing if the animal had come a few months later cold weather would have thickened the pelt enough to sell to Mr. Scott. She picked the raccoon up by the tail and took it out behind the cabin and flung it into the woods” (Rash 84). Within this quote, it shows her opinion on struggle to make money and to save what she has from the raccoon. It also shows the compassion she has to earn any means of money to support her son Jacob.
When it comes to these characters, Serena and Rachel, they have many characteristics that shows similarities between them. When Rachel states, "He's got a last name," Rachel said, lifting her gaze from the floor to meet the older women's eyes, "and Harmon is as good a one as I know” (Rash 41). From her statement above, she shows that she has pride in being a single mom and she is proud of her name and will not let anyone take that away from her. This also shows that when it comes to family that no one will ever change her opinion or ideals of what she thinks...

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