State Of Wonder By Ann Patchett: Summary

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The story of a pharmaceutical investing money in research of a valuable drug is an everyday news story. However, the story behind the people who were involved in the drug research aren’t revealed to the world and their thoughts don’t seem to matter to anyone. It is a similar situation in the novel State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Even though the views of characters are shown in the story, readers only are gripped by the plot presented to them, and maybe the protagonist of the story. Most likely the readers are held by Marina Singh, the heroine of the story. It appears to be that she takes the center of the spotlight while the rest of the characters, especially Dr. Swenson, Easter, and the Lakashi are pushed away to the side. My claim is identical…show more content…
In the novel, Dr. Swenson, the so-called “antagonist”, is working to develop drugs that can cure crucial ailments such as infertility, as suggested by the novel. We learn that she is a secretive character, and she hides her feelings and thoughts. This inadvertently pushes readers’ interests towards Marina, because when we do not see much of one character in a novel, we would often forget about their place in the story. A famous example is the character Neville in Harry Potter. He lays the role of a timid boy, who ultimately kills the snake, in order to defeat the villain. He plays a small role, but a vital one. Similarly, Dr. Swenson plays a vital role in the plot of the novel and without her, the story would never take place. It is true she is a mystical character that puzzles any reader, but she is needed to view the big picture. For instance, she is visualized early on as the “professional” doctor who took her job seriously and the field wasn’t a place for any mistakes. This implies she must be a blunt person because she is truthful. A striking example in the book is when Dr. Swenson says ““Dr. Singh, I

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