Menolly's Reaction to Thread

Menolly's Reaction to Thread

Arielle Rames '07 English 65, Fantasy, Brown University, 2004

In Dragonsong the character Menolly in several ways differs from the other children and is treated unfairly by her parents as a result. She runs away and realizes she will not return. One of the reasons for her decisision is that the citizens of her Hold have been convinced that it is impossible to live in the outside world. This fact has been ingrained in her and comes up again a little later when she realizes the Thread is coming toward her.

A smudge of gray? Or silver? Menolly began to tremble with rising fear, with the dawning knowledge that she was too far from the safety of the Hold to reach it before the Thread reached her. [73]

However, her instincts and her conscious mind soon save her from sure death. I find this intriguing because it is a turning point in which she realizes that some things that she was told may not be true.

1. Why did McCaffrey choose to write almost from an omniscient narrator's point of view instead of the listening to Menolly's thoughts that occurred when she realized she would not return?

2. Is there a reason for the use of the two closely related adjectives rising and dawning in consecutive phrases?

3. Soon after this quote Menolly realizes that not only is it unlikely that she will be missed, but that nobody will come and look for her even after the Fall. Why would the author make it known that the girl understands that neither of these things will occur?
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