Water for Elephants, post B, week 4

It seemed that in the fourth part of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, the author is beginning to emphasize the tension that is building up between August and Jacob.  It is now very much clear to the reader that Jacob is seriously interested in Marlena, through the author’s portrayal of his thought’s, words, and dreams.  If this were a simple, juvenile crush, there would be no problems.  Jacob could go on daydreaming about Marlena while she could pretend to be oblivious to it all.  But it soon becomes clear to the reader that Marlena has great feelings for Jacob as well, as the author shows us on page 195.  Marlena has become greatly confused by what she wants, for she yearns to be the  with kind, understanding Jacob, but she knows that if August were to ever find out, there’s no telling what that brute force might do.  Marlena obviously knows that because of this, she and Jacob she restrain from being seen with each other alone, like when she asks Jacob to leaver her dressing tent after telling him about how she ended up with August on page 222.  So it seems that the relationship and tension between August Jacob is really changing drastically throughout the book.  There are times when the reader is led to believe that August knows everything about his wife and Jacob, Through is anger and rage, but there are other times where August acts as if he and Jacob are the best of friends.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens next.


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