1. Story: I’m analyzing the novel Room, by Emma Donoghue.
2. Genre: historical fiction/literature/drama
3. Length: 321 pages
4. Audience: This book is written primarily to people in their early 20s and up. The book is for a more mature audience.
5. Drama = danger+desire: This is the story of Ma (actual name not mentioned), who wants to escape from the room/”prison” but fear and lack of an escape plan stands in the way.
6. Setting: The story takes place inside “Room” for the vast majority of the book, and then in “the outside world” for the end of the book.
7. Character Change: Ma changes from a fearful, timid woman, into a woman full of the determination and bravery necessary to make a better life for her and her son.
8. Criteria for evaluation:
Genre: Donoghue says her novel is historical fiction. In consideration of this, the questions to be asked are, how believable is the kidnapping in this story? How believable is the fact that Ma survived for seven years in a secluded room, even while dealing with strong depression? How believable is Ma and Jack’s lifestyle and the fact that they escaped? As most historical fiction consists of stories that are meant to be (partially) believable, is this one believable? My take would be that the story is believable. The only aspect I would question is Ma’s survival after having been through so much.
Length: Room is a long enough book that the author had time to strongly develop characters, so the development of these characters could be evaluated. In my opinion, Donoghue’s characters were very well developed, and truly come alive in this story.
Audience: Some of the scenes described in Room are a bit gross and sometimes graphic. This is what led me to believe the story was intended for a more mature audience. The necessity of the graphicness in this novel could definitely be evaluated, but is also understandable considering the subject matter.