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2017-2018 Campus Common Reader: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward: Related Resources

Literary Themes in Salvage the Bones

List of Themes

Memory and ghosts

Prophets and clairvoyance

Womanhood as inherently violent


Creation and Apocalypse

Strength and weakness

Invisible and visible

Nature's destruction and life-giving power

Life and death

Sense of hope



"Euripides was one of the most popular and controversial of all the Greek tragedians, and his plays are marked by an independence of thought, ingenious dramatic devices, and a subtle variety of register and mood." "Medea is a story of betrayal and vengeance, and one which gives an excellent example of the prominence and complexity that Euripides gave to his female characters. Medea, wife of Jason, is incensed that her husband would leave her to make a political marriage after the many sacrifices she has made for him. In her wrath, she murders both his new bride and their own children, thus taking her revenge. This new translation does full justice to the lyricism of Euripides' original work, while a new introduction provides a guide to the play, complete with interesting details about the traditions and social issues that influenced Euripides' world."--Medea

Womanhood as inherently violent

“See now that I, even I am he, and there is no god with me; I kill and I make alike, I wound and I heal, neither is there any can deliver out of my hand.”
—Deuteronomy 32:39

Creation and Apocolypse

"We on our backs staring at the stars above,
Talking about what we are going to be when we grow up,
I said what you wanna be? She said, ‘Alive.’”
—Outkast, “Da Art of Storytellin’” (Part One) Aquemini

Prophets and Clairvoyance

“For though I’m small, I know many things,
And my body is an endless eye
Through which, unfortunately, I see everything.”
—Gloria Fuertes, “Now”

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