Study sets, textbooks, questions
Upgrade to remove ads
I'll Give You the Sun Characters and Themes
Terms in this set (13)
First narrator for the timeline that begins at 13 1/2 - Sensitive, introverted, and closeted. Insecure in his relationship with his father Benjamin, desperate for his mother Dianna's attention, and smothered by but afraid of losing his relationship with his cool twin sister Jude. Noah turns to art when things get hard. At 16 transforms after deep traumas—the tragic loss of his mother, the crumbling of his relationship with Brian (who was not ready to come out yet), and a rejection from the prestigious California School of the Arts.
Second narrator, Noah's twin sister. At the start of the novel, she is a reckless social butterfly who throws herself into securing the attention of the other girls—and especially boys when she begins to doubt her art, and how it measures up to her talented brother's work. Two timelines - Jude narrates the later timeline when the twins are 16. Having secured a place at CSA through sabotage (she secretly threw away her brother's application), the frustrated Jude worries that her mother's ghost is haunting her. She enters into an apprenticeship with Guillermo Garcia— drawn to his assistant Oscar.
Dianna Sweetwine (Mom)
Art-professor mother - Noah and Jude believe she is a "blow-in" from another realm or even another planet. Unlike their rational scientist father, and attuned to both the twins' inner worlds. Determined to make sure that both of her talented children are admitted to the prestigious CSA, begins trying to lead them on a crash course of art history and practice. The twin's desire to one-up the other and impress their mother begins the sibling rivalry. In the later timeline, the twins are dealing with the pain of having lost their mother in a fatal car accident. On the day of the crash, she was on her way to ask for a divorce, so that she could marry her passionate, secret lover, Guillermo—Jude's mentor.
Benjamin Sweetwine (Dad)
Scientist who studies parasites. A deeply rational man, Benjamin seems intimidated by and contemptuous of his wife and children's beliefs in the supernatural and the mystic, and has a hard time relating to all three of them. He also could not be more different from his mother, Grandma Sweetwine. He is in the background of most of the novel, but his contentious relationship with his children is tested when Dianna dies, leaving him in charge of bringing up two very different individuals, who have been traumatized by loss in very different ways. Ultimately, Benjamin is able to come to terms with his own grief when Noah finally tells the truth about Dianna wanting a divorce so that she could marry Guillermo.
Grandma Sweetwine, Benjamin's eccentric mother, is already dead at the start of the novel, but when Dianna says she has talked to her ghost, the twins belief in the afterlife is sealed. After Dianna's death, Jude turns to Grandma Sweetwine's bible of aphorisms, lore, and superstition to navigate the world—and begins talking with the ghost of her grandmother, who follows her around throughout her days and acts as a kind of conscience.
"Rock star" of the sculpture world, Colombian sculptor who is a bear of a man whose recent heartbreak has caused him to retreat into his studio and refuse much contact with the outside world. When Jude shows up at his doorstep and asks to be taken on as a student, Guillermo senses the need in Jude's plea and agrees to mentor her. Through their working relationship (and from the help of Guillermo's charming young assistant, Oscar), Jude learns about art, drive, determination, and comes to realize that the adults are around her are often just as heartsick, just as lost, and just as fearful of letting go of their pain and sorrow as Jude herself is. It is eventually revealed that Dianna had been having an affair with Guillermo in the months leading up to her death, and was even planning on divorcing Benjamin to marry the sculptor—but because of her waffling back and forth, she put her heart's desires on hold, and when she finally went to confess her intent to marry Guillermo to her husband, she was killed in a car accident.
Oscar Ralph (the English guy)
Guillermo's assistant, university student and former wild child. When Oscar meets Noah - he is simply the cool, beautiful model for the life drawing classes at CSA. Years later, Jude meets Oscar in a church, and the two are instantly mesmerized by one another. They run into one another again at Guillermo's studio. Oscar confesses his intense feelings for Jude, and reveals that his long-deceased mother once predicted he would meet his soulmate in a church.
Brian Connelly (the boy from the roof)
High school boy moves to Lost Cove the summer the twins are thirteen years old. Noah and Brian are immediately drawn to one another, and embark upon a friendship that has undertones of deep sexual attraction. Though the boys flirt and even, on occasion, hold hands when no one is looking, nothing ever transpires between them—until Brian returns for the winter break and at last confesses his feelings to Noah. They are caught together by Dianna - Brian is afraid that word will spread and he will be bullied at school, and cuts off the relationship with Noah, quickly beginning a new relationship with a girl named Courtney to save face. Noah, incensed, outs Brian.
A high school boy who often bullies Noah despite his friendship with—and attraction to—Noah's twin sister, Jude. Zephyr eventually takes Jude's virginity when she is only fourteen, leading to years of stony silence between the two of them. However, Zephyr proves instrumental in helping Jude to rescue Noah at a crucial moment two years later, when Noah is about to drunkenly jump from the steepest cliff in their town, possibly to his death.
Theme of "competitiveness"
Both Noah and Jude are extremely competitive. Both compete for their mother's attention, and both have a desire to attend a competitive art school. Jude sabotages Noah's application. Noah destroys Jude's sand sculptures.
Theme of "identity"
Art is an important component of identity for both Jude and Noah. Both struggle to establish their own identities, especially after their mother's death when they change their appearances dramatically by cutting their hair/changing how they dress.
Theme of "family"
This story relies on family as an important component. The main characters are twin siblings, and the majority of the story revolves around the relationships in their immediate family both living and dead.
Theme of "death"
Dianna dies in a car accident, and the incident serves as a major point of the story. Noah and Jude both change their appearances and are impacted greatly by the event. Ghosts of both her mother and grandmother play an important role in Jude's life.
Other sets by this creator
6th Grade Science Heat Energy and Measurement
Roman and Byzantine Empire Study Guide
7th Grade Science - Scientific Thinking…
Prefixes and Suffixes Science 6
Other Quizlet sets
Biology Sustems test
Geology 103 Final exam- Harris