During the chapters 16 through 21, Miranda's Mother's long time friend, and neighbor, Mrs. Nesbitt, passed away. Not long before her death, she told Miranda to take any supplies they could use after she died. The family then had a continued issue with the weather, but this time there were blizzards, causing them to use more materials to survive, which quickly depleted their food source. Another issue occurred when the furnaces became damp, causing the house to be flooded with smoke. Miranda, wit
The novel Life as We Knew It has multiple emerging themes within each chapter. When one finished reading any book, these themes then converge into one identifiable theme that represents all. I have identified this theme to be that during any harsh condition or situation, humanity can still prevail even at the most difficult times. This not only means that when something bad happens, people will joke around and have fun, or at least try to, but it means that we will help one another, for humanity's sake and it's survival. An example of this can be seen on page 333 in the paper format of the novel. At the city hall, Miranda meets to men who then repeat to her that a "program's been going on for four weeks now," and that "everyone's entitled to one bag of food a week." They then take her and the food back to her house on their snowmobile, even before they're supposed to close because of her ill state. This quote directly supports the theme that I found because those gentlemen chose to help her, even though they did not.
However, this could not have been possible if their food source had not become so depleted, which at the time was their main issue. Each family member, except for Jonny, were on a diet to increase their chances of survival, and to elongate their food supply. Although, in doing so, they almost killed themselves through starvation. Miranda decided that before she died, she wanted to know that her father's baby was born safely and that they were fine. I'm presuming that this meant she could die peacefully, like Mrs. Nesbitt who was her idle in this situation. So she used all of her energy to reach to post office, which was closed, and a little more to reach the city hall after discovering a paper showing the times of which they were open. This ultimately resulted in her family receiving a sustainable food source each week.
Overall, Pfeffer well interpreted the situation of a catastrophic event, and was able to translate it to the reader. This led to the reader's easy understanding of each aspect of the novel. Pfeffer was also able to show how each character was affected by the issue, and how they'd react to one, presenting each person's personality. The author's diction and voice set a mood for each chapter showing the novel's growth. In conclusion, Pfeffer was able to establish a connection between the reader and the novel, presenting a well made book.