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The Divine Secrets Of The Ya Ya Sisterhood

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Rebecca Wells paints a picture of the various roles that women often must encounter in their lives: mother, daughter, friend. As said by Charlotte Observer \\\\\\\"She [Wells] speaks eloquently to what it means to be a mother, a daughter, a wife-and somehow, at last, a person.\\\\\\\" Wells uses a captivating style to create a simple plot, memorable symbolism and a reoccurring theme of friendship. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood teaches about the importance of giving and receiving love and finding joy in everyday life.

The simplistic plot of the novel and the overall theme of love allows the author to span the lives of the main characters. The reader sees the span of the life of two of the main characters, Sidda and her mother Vivi, as they struggle to love each other based on their own childhood experiences. The reader also sees our two main characters in parallel encountering love and affairs of the heart; yet the most powerful love throughout the book is the love of four friends who stick together through the good and the bad. Vivi loves the Ya-Ya's; as adolescents they are looking for love and someone to look up to. Vivi didn't know how to love Sidda because Vivi's mother didn't know how to love her; therefore, Sidda doesn't know how to love Connor because she has never experienced love and is now afraid to be in love. The simplicity of the novel is that everyone is always looking to be loved. The simplicity is that in real life people are always searching to be loved, or finding love. Near the beginning of the novel when the ya-ya's are in their adolescence as young girls, going through the normal obstacles of childhood- fighting with their parents, getting into mischief, smoking and breaking curfew- they realize that by sticking together they can get through anything. They formalize this bond with a ceremony early on, \\\\\\\"I am a member of the royal and true tribe of the Ya-Ya's...I do solemnly swear to be loyal sister Ya-Ya's, and to love and look out for them, and never forsake them through thick and thin, until I take my last human breath\\\\\\\" (Wells 71). Wells shows the reader that the inability to show love can be passed down through generations: Sidda expresses to Connor why she is afraid to marry him, \\\\\\\"She [Vivi] didn't know how to love me, so I don't know how to love you\\\\\\\" (Wells 284). Sidda is saying that her mother couldn't love her, therefore she is afraid that Connor wouldn't love her even though it is a different relationship from Sidda and Vivi's relationship. In the end, the love between Connor and Sidda wins over the other tragedies in Sidda's life. An important development in the plot that proves that love can conquer all appears when Vivi's mother sends her away against her own will to a decollate boarding school away from her friends and family. While away, Vivi stops eating and becomes very depressed, but her friends continue to write to her and look for a way to bring her home. In the end their love wins out and they are able to convince one of their parents(Genevieve) to rescue her and bring her home. QUOTE Love, even in the smallest form, can sustain through tragedy and triumph-the bonds of the ya-ya's : Vivi, Necie, Caro and Teensy. The story line allows the character to triumph over tragedy and rejoice in love,-simple stories-no matter how impossible they feel it is at the time.

Through the course of the novel, Wells uses the strong symbol of the alligator to represent hurtful, dangerous and painful things in the world. Vivi talks to Sidda as a young child warning her about the importance of doing as she was told in order to avoid the dangerous things in life. \\\\\\\"Even I can't save you from all the alligators in the world...so don't push your luck\\\\\\\"(Wells 32). As Sidda gets older and becomes stronger, her mother tries to tell her that now, as you are getting older, you will take risks. You will get into trouble as part of the growing experience, and I will be there to help you. \\\\\\\"I will always save you from the alligators, but when I'm not here stay in the safe places\\\\\\\" (Wells 152). Sidda carries the symbol of the alligator with her to remind her of the things in her mind that she should not or cannot do, such as her fear of marrying Connor. \\\\\\\"There's such a thing as alligators that get in the way for certain people\\\\\\\" (Wells 315). Connor's response to this is that his love is stronger for her than any of the problems that they could encounter in their life together. \\\\\\\"I am stronger than alligators\\\\\\\" (Wells 315). The alligator symbol is a constant reminder of the dangers in life; whether the love of a mother, or eventually partner, people overcome the alligators.

The creative and unique style which Wells chooses facilitate the reader in capturing the true message without wasting time with character descriptions. Through the series of letters written to other characters the reader gets a third person voice from the author, but with a first person view from the character. This is fascinating to the reader because it allows the reader to understand and each character individually. The reader is able to see traits that might not be revealed by the book. Wells lets us into a few of the quirks in the characters' personalities through a sequence of letters. The Ya-Ya's are all off to see the opening of \\\\\\\"Gone With the Wind\\\\\\\" in Atlanta, during the time period this is a big event. Vivi writes and tells the reader one of her secrets which helps us to look at her on the inside, \\\\\\\"My secret dream is to meet Margaret Mitchell. Don't tell anybody but it is my secret plan to get her autograph at the ball\\\\\\\" (Wells 86). Even through the letters the reader can see the strength of the Ya-Ya's relationship, \\\\\\\"It breaks my heart into a million pieces to think that you left town on that train like you aren't even loved, which you are\\\\\\\"(Wells 198). This shows the characters ability to show their love freely. The reader sees the characters even more pronounced by the way they sign off their letters: It is powerful and useful to the reader in that it shows the reader an even deeper look at their personalities and how they would react to things in life. Through each Ya-Ya the reader can see each of the Ya-Ya's personalities through the way they sign off their letters: Vivi is the independent Ya-Ya \\\\\\\"Forget love, try good manners\\\\\\\" (Wells 25). Necie is the sensitive and affectionate Ya-Ya, \\\\\\\"Love and Kisses and prayers\\\\\\\" (Wells 198). Caro is the strong Ya-Ya, \\\\\\\"We love you\\\\\\\" (Wells 200). Teensy

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