Character Analysis of Tuck Everlasting and Locked in Time
The families in the books Tuck Everlasting and Locked in Time share many similarities, but they also share many differences. Both books have families that never grow old. The idea of living forever can seem like a wonderful thing, but has consequences that these families handle in very different ways. This essay will examine the ways they are the same, the ways they are different, and the ways they deal with dying, getting old, staying young and living forever.
The first similarity between the two families is that they have everlasting life, although the ways in which that occurred are very different. In Tuck Everlasting, The Tucks did not know that drinking the water from the spring in the wood would give them eternal life. In Locked in Time, Lisette Berge, on the other hand, chooses to drink from the Bowl of Hearts to stay young forever, and has her children drink from it also. The two families face the difficulty of having to hide their secret, and are forced to leave their homes and move away to disguise the fact that they don't age. They must stay away for long periods of time, in the hopes that no one will remember them when they return. The Tucks and the Berges stay the same age forever. They do not get older or younger. There is a sadness that follows all of them. One of the main differences in these families is that staying young is of the utmost importance to Lisette. She puts it before everything else, even her children. She will do anything to stay young and beautiful. She is determined that she and her children will live forever, even if it means that others will die so that they can live. The Tucks do not feel that way. They are not obsessed with staying young, and do not resort to drastic measures to do so. In fact, they are not concerned with staying young at all. The Tucks are concerned about each other, Winnie, protecting the wood and respecting the order of life.