Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus Essay

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“ A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world”
−Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde’s words illustrate that a dreamer sees the world in a softened light, rather than the bright, blinding light of the sun, but at the same time the dreamer is blinded from what is truly in front of them and is punished when he is confronted with the harshness of reality. In Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, two illusionist set into motion a competition to prove whose teaching tactics are better between the two of them. They do not, however, compete against each other, instead they select representatives to compete for them. For the ...view middle of the document...

This circus with “ countless tents of varying shapes and size” (3) is known as the “ Le Cirque de Rêves” otherwise known as The circus of Dreams (6). The circus was created by Chandresh, a notable magician, but is truly controlled by Celia and Marco, the two competitors in the competition. The competition was created by Alexander and Prospero and has been going on for _____ years and will continue until either Prospero or Alexander is proven to be the superior illusionist. The objective of the competition is for each competitor, Celia and Marco, to manipulate and add to the circus in order to show off their power, talent, and endurance. Determined to win the competition, after losing to alexander not too long ago, Hector puts up his own daughter “ as a risk [he] [is] willing to take” to ensure victory (20). While Celia is working her hardest during the competition Hector encourages her by telling her that “ [she] [is] a disappointment” and “ [she] need[s] to do more” (192). At this point celia is exhausted and overworked, begging for mercy (clemency), yet Hector argues “ it’s not enough” (192). As Hector was engulfed in the prospects of the competition he could not see Celia grow farther and farther apart from her own father and the sadness that had been bestowed upon her. Alexander is much like Hector in the sense that he also became preoccupied by the competition and the value of its outcome....

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