I was re-reading Paradise the other day because I wanted to see if I missed some of the important details. During the first time I read Paradise I was more focused on the girls’ individual stories. This time I felt the need to read more about the parts of the novel that mentioned the oven because of how much we talked about it in class. The talk of the oven reminded me of the saying “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”, only in this case the road is unpaved and they paved an actual “gate”/oven.
Inside the oven was an “actual” gate to hell because of the fire (usually signifies hell). I also feel that the oven in some ways was almost like a poison to the town they created (it caused strife within the members of the town taking away the possibility of it being considered “Paradise”.
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