How Does Brooks Use the Aspects of the Physical, Tangible World to Reveal the Immaterial, Spiritual and Emotional One? Discuss,

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How does Brooks use the aspects of the physical, tangible world to reveal the immaterial, spiritual and emotional one? Discuss, In the book "Year Of Wonders" Geraldine Brooks utilises the aspects of the substantial and tangible world to reveal the immaterial, spiritual and emotional one. Brooks uses the tangible world many times through out the book which represents the hidden meaning of the spiritual and emotional world. this is most evident in the mine which represents death but at the same time happiness and bravery, the Cucklet Delf which symbolises both faith, scarifies and death. Brooks also uses the weather as a physical aspect that represents the emotional world. The mine is crucial to revealing the hidden meaning of Anna emotionally. this is because the events that takes place between Anna and the mine are life changing. By this point the readers understands that Anna is afraid of the mine. "Just the thought of being in an airless place made me gasp as if i were already down the mine rather then in the open heather-scented air". Not only for its deathlike appearance and catastrophic quality, yet also for what it symbolises to her feelings. The loss that she has experienced in the mine, of her best-friend who she could not help "I saw the noose go around Any's neck and knew they planned to hung her with her own rope, using the stow as the scuffled" and husband, not only leave her vulnerable and lost but can be seen to be her driving force to overcome herself walk into the darkness. "I had been afraid of the mines long before they had claimed my Sam." Anna does not go mining for personal benefits but just in order to help a girl who has lost her entire family recently. Anna Frith is trying to go into the girl's family's mine to get out the right amount of ore for a month to keep the mine running by following the same steps that killed 'her Sam'. This

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