An Analysis of Allusion in Miriam Toews’ Book, “A Complicated Kindness” Introduction Miriam Toews’ book, A Complicated Kindness, tells the story of 16 year-old Nomi Nickel, who is part of a Mennonite community in a very rural area in Manitoba, Canada in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Mennonites are a conservative fundamentalist religious group that Nomi was born into because of her family situation. The book is narrated by the main character, the protagonist, Nomi and she tells the story in a way that jumps around, but the themes still emerge despite this way of telling the story, and allusion is a big part of the theme and character development. It is important that the reader see the allusions Nomi is making in order to understand...The end:
..... literature, she has a larger life. In addition, with a better understanding of the Mennonite religion, and especially the pacifistic nature of them, the reader can understand better just how boring that life would be and how Trudie chose to leave her family for the greater good of the church, and until you make that connection, you can’t completely understand Nomi’s life and what she is up against in terms of a limited, but safe, existence. Works Cited Martin, Ralph C. “Growing Up in a Mennonite Community.” UU Church of Halifax, 2008 June 1. Retrieved from http://188.8.131.52/scholar?q=cache:nHuX3eT_AGUJ:scholar.google.com/+mennonite+teenagers&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5 Toews, Miriam. A Complicated Kindness. Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.