“And, after all, our surroundings influence our lives and characters as much as fate, destiny or any supernatural agency.” –Pauline Hopkins
Jacob has found himself in unfamiliar surroundings, living a lifestyle that he never would have dreamed for himself. Write a well-organized paragraph in which you discuss how the setting of the circus is impacting Jacob, specifically in chapters 10 and 11. How does Jacob’s response to his new life and to his surroundings in the circus illuminate his character traits? What does the author convey about the circus by having the narrator be a “fish out of water” in the setting?