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Anna Frith is constantly changing throughout the book, Year of Wonders, (by Geraldine Brooks). She begins off as a young widow with her two young children working at the rector for the Mompellions, but by the end of the book she emerges as a local hero.

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Anna Frith is constantly changing throughout the book, Year of Wonders, (by Geraldine Brooks). She begins off as a young widow with her two young children working at the rector for the Mompellions, but by the end of the book she emerges as a local hero. She takes on many setbacks as the book goes on including the deaths of her husband and children and even the plague itself. But with the help of the Elinor and Michael Mompellion she is able to move forward and push through the obstacles she is faced with. With her resilience she is able to put aside her fears so she can help others in the village of Eyam. Anna learns to step up to her father and begins doubting her religion as she watches kind, innocent people die in front of her. Anna is transformed through the events that occur to her throughout the book, one of which is the tragic death of her husband in the mining collapse. ...read more.

Middle

Anna comes from a croft that had always been 'a joyless place' which was typical of women that period and class. She lived with her father, Josiah, and her step mother, Aphra. Her father had always been very abusive and 'loved a pot better than he loved his children'. She would always have to put up with abuse from her father even as she grew older and moved out of the house. She begins to grow sick and tired of his constant abuse and finally has enough when she finds out he is charging the poor to dig graves for the ones that have died, and again when he tries to kill Christopher Unwin. In her father's trial she decides that she 'could not speak for him. Or rather would not'. This shows she is finally able to stand up for herself and show him she is no longer willing to take his abuse. This is a change Anna goes through for the better, making her a stronger women. ...read more.

Conclusion

This proves shows that Anna is unsure as to why God continues to let the death toll rise and why he had brought it here to start with. She also asks ' why she was not in the chamber of death' . With her fading hope in god she discovers her new purpose, to help others. In doing this she tends to the needs of the dying, comforts those who are filled with grief and strengthens the people that are not infected with the plague. This is also a change for the better as they stop relying on god to save them and start doing it themselves. To conclude, Anna faces the problems she is challenged with, and the changes she goes through strengthens her to be able to pass through all the suffering and begin a new life. Her views, confidence and knowledge change throughout the book allowing her to become a better person and making her the hero she becomes to the town of eyam. ...read more.

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