Monday, March 28, 2016

Truth be Told summary

Truth be Told is the story of an 11th Century knight who helps a Lady realize who she truly is, how capable she is, and how much she's needed. The story itself mirrors Justine's 1990 car accident as well as the deepest part of her brain injury and recovery (The lead characters symbolize different aspects of herself and the stages of her recovery). As Virginia Woolf said, "The normal and comfortable state of being is that when the two [sides of the brain] live in harmony together, spiritually co-operating. If one is a man, still the woman part of his brain must have effect... Coleridge perhaps meant this when he said that a great mind is androgynous." The format of writing about recovery in more than one person also came to the author from Aristophanes' speech in Plato's Symposium, as well as a theory that Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights) may have not only modeled Catherine on herself, but Heathcliff as well.
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