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For most people it would be hard to imagine living in a rundown farmhouse in the countryside with your grandmother along with your three siblings Especially with just a little amount of money left within the family to spare it seems as if there is no hope of returning to your mother in a hospital who is being kept alive due to a mental illness In this novel by Cynthia Voigt Diceys Song portrays an example of conflict that is exemplified throughout the entire novel and an ending that is very memorable Dicey Tillerman the main protagonist learns to cope with her new life with her grandmother who she does not know well With this relationship conflict builds up and the two have a few different personalities However Dicey finds friends that have the same personalities as her and therefore enjoys being with them Dicey helps her siblings when they have problems particularly with schoolwork It will be shown how Dicey adjusts to her new life with her grandmother and approaches the aftermath of her mothers illness The characterization of the main characters helps develop the plot for this story In the beginning of the novel Dicey Tillerman appears to be more family-centered She is described as supportive when she tells her grandmother that she can get a part-time job at a food store after school She helps Maybeth her younger sister with math problems for school When Maybeth is learning the concept of fractions she says that one-eighth is bigger than one-fourth since the eight is greater than four To help her understand Dicey explains that the bigger the number in the denominator the smaller the fraction is When Dicey says this it becomes clear enough for Maybeth Dicey can also be described as caring independent and curious when she hears about the letters from Boston about her mother Diceys grandmother Abigail Tillerman is often
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