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In Jane Smileys A Thousand Acres the main focus is one of the family and familial relationships Smiley presents what at first seems to be a typical American farm family but is quickly revealed to be anything but Her message is quite clear since she stole it from Shakespeare love in its very nature is something one cannot measure attempting to do so can only lead to disaster However Smiley has put a new spin on the love involved in the love test a sort of hybrid of honor thy mother and thy father and an Oedipal complex not true love but what comes only with one type of love the love of a man and a woman This love cannot be transferred to other types of love that of father and daughter Smileys novel revolves around the consequences of confusing lust with love and the love of a wife with the love of a daughter Telling the novel only through Ginnys perspective serves to clarify and focus the events through the lens of a childs fragile blind love However this love is a clingy needy love that her father cannot return not true love Well Daddy it looks like we picked all the same things He ignored me 218 and thus Ginny has sown the seeds of her own demise She falls prey to it as soon as she expects her father to return her love in the same fashion that she expresses it namely by being bloody annoying Smiley is portraying how not to show ones love and she does so with each of the children in the novel With Rose Smiley portrays an aggressive love with a demanding nature one that her father cannot match Her loved also attention based relies more on angering her father in order to see how much he cares about her She rebels against his rules but only as a test of his devotion Carolines love
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