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The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
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Sep 07, 11

The Other Boelyn Girl is a thought provoking novel about the contagious power in the sixteenth century court of England. Mary Boelyn is the main character and becomes the readers favorite of the two Boelyn’s because she is naïve, relatable, and innocent. Gregory portrays Anne, Mary’s sister with a sense of anger and embarrassment, her diction sets the tone of who Anne is as a person. As a writer this method is useful because rather than describing her as a rude person, Gregory would use phrases like “with a clear of her throat at the servant she shoved her away.” Throughout the book Gregory makes it seem that Anne is the one moving the pieces at court, until at the end you realize King Henry has had the power all along. Mary lives happily ever after and Anne is, well, dead.

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