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In the Lake of the Woods

In the Lake of the Woods is a fictional mystery written by Tim O’Brien. Through the book we learn that our lovers, husbands, and wives have qualities beyond what our eyes can see. John Wade and Kathy are in a marriage so obscure that their secrets lead to an emotional downfall. After John Wade loss in his Senatorial Campaign, his feeling towards Kathy take on a whole different outlook. His compulsive and obsessive behavior causes Kathy to distance herself from him. His war experience and emotional trauma are a major cause for his strange behavior. We remain pondering about Kathy’s mysterious disappearance, which becomes fatal for her. Possible scenarios are presented in eight chapters marked “Hypothesis”, these chapters add a mysterious twist which can change our train of thought to “maybe” or “perhaps” this is the truth.Kathy’s odd disappearance is haunting the reader all the way throughout the novel. Her husband’s unstable emotional being is somewhat a key to the mystery. We examine his inner thoughts and simultaneous occurrences, but we are still left guessing. There are various situations that lead to multiple possibilities of Kathy’s disappearance. Did John eat Kathy? Did she take the boat and vanish, or did John murder her, and hide her in the Lake of the Woods? These are all possible hypotheses that will be looked into and taken apart to find out what really happened to Kathy.He wanted to swim through her blood and climb up and down her spine and drink from her ovaries and press his gums against the firm red muscle of her heart. He wanted to suture their lives together.” This quote can portray Johns disturbed mind set, we see that he is consumed with rage and it appears he wants to indulge in his wives body. John is very expressive with parts of her body that he wanted to be at one with, which leads me to believe that he possibly could have eaten Kathy. It ...

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