When God Was A Rabbit Identity

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Loss and Regaining of Identity in When God Was A Rabbit “Nothing stays forgotten for long, Elly. Sometimes we simply have to remind the world that we’re special and we’re still there” (Winman 242). Sarah Winman’s novel, When God Was a Rabbit, follows the journey of a young girl named Elly Maud. Elly loses her innocence, faces many encounters with death, experiences triumph and tragedy, learns the power of family ties and struggles to live a normal life despite her mental illness. Elly at times feels overwhelmed by her mental illness, which includes post traumatic stress disorder, as a result of the trauma she experiences as a young girl. The evolving relationship between Elly Maud and her brother Joe Maud provides her with the support…show more content…
Elly begins demonstrating all the symptoms of post- traumatic stress disorder at a very young age. Elly's traumatic experience makes readers ask themselves possibly the most asked question in history, why do bad things happen to good people? In Joe’s attempt to find Elly a proper friend, he buys Elly a rabbit for Christmas which they name God. Elly has grown up surrounded by people that do not believe in Jesus, so she looks upon her rabbit God as a true “God”; someone she prays to and feels as though she can be her true self with. The moment Elly begins talking to God is the first noticeable sign of her growing mental illness. “‘Ok,’ I said calmly, unperturbed that it was actually the first time I have ever heard him speak” (Winman 43). God was someone that Elly could talk to when she was feeling down, because she feels he is someone that is constantly there to listen to and support her. Then, one heartbreaking morning a couple staying at the Maud’s bed and breakfast is unable to see God’s small body behind them as they pull out of the driveway. “I heard the screech of brakes first, not the faint thud of impact; he was too small you
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