The Red Necklace Theme

The Red Necklace is a fictional novel about the French Revolution written by Sally Garden. This book has a few important characters, but Sido (a young teen girl being oppressed by her father) and Yann (a telepathic young teen boy that is on the run). Yann is a circus performer that is brought up by a dwarf called Tito, Tito and Yann get into trouble during a circus act performing for Sido’s father. This is where he meets Sido, the girl of his “dreams”. Tito is murdered and Yann is on the run and ends up in London, meanwhile Sido is treated more like a servant and less like a daughter by her oppressive rich Second Estate father. Years after their first meeting, Sido is put into prison by the revolutionaries in France that hated the people of nobility. Yann comes back to save her and events occur that causes Sido and Yann to split at the end of the book, creating a great cliffhanger for the second book!

I think the theme in The Red Necklace is that love is a chain that holds back people from their destiny. When Tito dies, instead of moving on, Yann hangs on to his death for very long, being incredibly stubborn and not wanting to get a new life in London. He also holds on to his love for Sido for so long, that it holds him back from improving his life and moving on from her. “He stroked Sido’s cheek and bent down to kiss her, whispering what his heart had always known, what he had never said before to anyone. ‘I love you, I always will.” This shows how his love for her will forever keep him from having the life he dreamed of because Sido will always be somewhere where there is trouble. This theme also includes Sido’s love for her father, who does not love her in the slightest and calls her “an imperfect thing in his perfect world”. Showing how she should try to move on from her oppressing father and let go of him.

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