The book Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke, is about a young 12-year-old girl Meggie, whose father, Mo, has a special talent to bring characters to life from their books by reading aloud. Along with them are Elinor Loridean (Meggie’s aunt), Resa Folchart (Meggie’s mom), Dustfinger, Farid, Capricorn (antagonist), his sidekick Basta, and Fenoglio (author of the book). This story takes place in Meggie’s home, Aunt Elinor’s estate and Capricorn’s village. Mo restores books for a living. One night they are visited by Dustfinger, who urges them to flee to Aunt Elinor’s estate, to escape the evil Capricorn who is after Mo for a special book he owns. But their plan backfires when Dustfinger betrays them and Mo is captured by Capricorn’s men. Elinor and Meggie try to find Mo but are captured by Capricorn’s men and imprisoned together with Mo.
Capricorn tries to burn all copies of the book so that he does not have to go back into the story, but Aunt Elinor has the real booked swapped. Mo is now forced to reveal the real reason for fleeing. Meggie learns that her dad has a unique gift of bringing characters to life from books. But his gift backfired when he accidentally brought to life an evil character named Capricorn, Basta, chief lieutenant to Capricorn; and Dustfinger (performer) out of the book Inkheart.
But that’s not all. When a character is read out of a book, someone in real life must replace it, and that’s how he lost his wife Resa to the book. The three plan an escape and manage to get away to the next village, where they meet the author of the book, Fenoglio. Unfortunately, they get caught again and end up being imprisoned for the second time. The tables turn when Meggie discovers that she has inherited the same gift from her father. Capricorn realizes this, and decides to take advantage, and force Meggie to read the Shadow, his favorite assassin, out of Inkheart, to kill Dustfinger and Resa.
Meggie wants to protect her mother Resa, and with Fenoglio’s help, she reads an alternate text that will destroy Capricorn and his plans forever. One way characters are influenced by the setting is when Mo reads out Dustfinger who is a fire performer in the book Inkheart. Dustfinger is unable to adapt to the modern world and is desperate to go back to the story where he belongs. So he betrays Meggie and Elinor to Capricorn who he believes would help him go back to his life in the story.
A quote in the book that supports my answer is, ” No doubt Capricorn promised to take him back,” he said. “Unlike me, he realized that Dustfinger would do anything in return for such a promise. All he wants to do is go back to his own world. He doesn’t even stop to ask if his story there has a happy ending!”(81). We understand that Dustfinger’s actions of going back home influence Mo and Meggie as he is the main cause for putting them in the hands of Capricorn.
This event forces Meggie to reveal her powers, which she uses to destroy all of Capricorn’s plans.One literary device found Inkheart is a simile. An example of a simile is, “When you open the book it’s like going to the theater. First, you see the curtain. Then it’s pulled aside and the show begins” (34). In this quote, Mo compares the beginning of a movie in a theater to that of a book.
The word “like” in this text hints that this is a simile. Another literary device in this book is a metaphor. One example of a metaphor is, ” Perhaps the story in the book is just the lid on a pan: It always stays the same, but underneath there’s a whole world that goes on – developing and changing like our own world ” (82). In this example, a story of a book is told to be the exact same of a lid in a pan, and underneath it. We don’t see the words “like” or “as”, detecting that this is a simile, but the two objects are still compared. This proves that there is a metaphor in the quote.
These are two literary devices found within the book Inkheart. This was an incredible read. I love the idea of how characters can be made to come to life from a book.
It felt magical. While reading the book, there were moments when I would often pause to think how I would have sent Capricorn back to the story. I also loved how the author included characters from other classics. Some flaws I noticed were that in some places the book dragged on, and dwelled too much on minor details. Other than that, it was a great read, and I would definitely recommend it as a must read!Works Cited:Funke, Cornelia, and Anthea Bell.
Inkheart. Chicken House/Scholastic, 2007.