Friendships throughout movies and books show the dramatic gossip and over exaggerated laughs and cliques in school. For example, in the movie Grease, the viewer experiences the friendships, romances, and adventures of a group of highschool kids in the 1950s. A wholesome exchange student, Sandy, and a leather-clad, Danny, have a summer romance, but that could cross the clique lines. Their “love” gets in the way of friendships, but they seem to stick with each other. Another example of a friendship that develops is the show Friends. This is about six young friends in the struggle to find success and happiness in life. The group of friends stick together through anything, and even have relationships throughout the 10 seasons. The crew in the shows and movies Scooby-Doo, stays together past all the monsters and the creatures that continuously try to pull them apart, following the same theme with the show Friends. They each have their different talents that pulls them together and makes them stronger as a whole.
The same theme of friendships is found in the book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The children are brought together and stay together, through thick and thin. In other words, each peculiar child in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has their own specialty and input for their role on the society and each other in the book.
In fact, Miss Peregrine is the main reason that all of the children are linked together like they are. Miss Peregrine is the headmistress of the school. She is a delicate woman who enjoys a pipe and adores her charges, although she can be strict at times. As she was first discovered in the book, she didn’t seem like anything peculiar, “but the headmistress in the picture was smoking a pipe, and her name was Peregrine, a kind of hawk” (Riggs, 81). She uses her birdly powers, to spy on Jacob in bird form when he first comes to the island and has yet to find out about the peculiar children.
At the beginning of the book, Miss Peregrine is a mystery with a strong personality, also wear a pipe between her lips and a long black dress. The book begins with leading the mind to wander and make assumptions about who she is, which are later cleared and reveal her complicated day to day life. She takes care off all of the peculiars and teaches them how to stay safe. They are all the strong independent people that they are because of Miss Peregrine.
Miss Peregrine takes care of the peculiar children because the world can be dangerous for them. She happens to have two evil brothers who are the reason that there are evil-doers, Hollows and Wights, roaming the earth trying to harm peculiars. Her evil brothers are trying to create a realm where they can become immortal, only they need the power of ymbrynes, “we who can manipulate time fields consciously,” to do so. Her brothers created hollows and wits, which are the ones who eat and try to destroy peculiars to get the the ymbrynes.
For instance, Dr. Golan is one of the sneaky wights who uses his tricks to find Miss Peregrine’s loop where her and the peculiar children stay. Dr. Golan is a wight who eats raw meat and helps the hollowgast achieve immortality. You can tell who a wight is by looking at their eyes because they have no pupils. Coincidentally Dr. Golan always wore sunglasses, to hide any suspicion.
He started off as a likable normal person trying to help Jacob through the loss of his grandpa. This later turns into his true side coming out and the discovery of him being a wight. He’s working with another wight named Malthus on Cairnholm Island, and his plan seems to be twofold. This plan is to kidnap Miss Peregrine for the hollowgasts ultimate plan, and feed Malthus as many children as possible. In order for this plan to work, he has to trick one peculiar, who, at the time, wasn’t even sure he was a peculiar yet, Jacob Portman.
Jacob Portman is the narrator of the story and the key component to putting it all together. When he was little, he wanted to be an explorer, thanks to the influences from his grandfather. His grandpa encourages his imagination, helping him plot “imaginary expeditions with trails of red pushpins and telling [him] about the fantastic places [he] would discover one day” (Riggs, Prologue). But sadly, Jacob stops believing in his grandfather’s stories. Together, Jacob and his dad write off Grandpa Abe’s rants about monsters and magical realms as a sign of old age.
All this changes when Jacob’s grandfather dies in his arms. Jacob’s grandpa is killed by a monster that only Jacob and no one else can see. While this is the kind of thing that would change anyone, it changes things more than Jacob ever could have imagined. Jacob suffers from nightmares after his grandfather dies, and his psychiatrist, Dr. Golan, suggests that maybe they are a sign. That youthful crave for adventure appears back up inside Jacob, and he’s kind of excited and rejuvenated when he finds out that his “grandfather’s last words began to make a strange kind of sense” (Riggs 82). It’s the beginning of his adventure to discover the peculiar children.
Jacob starts the book as a timid boy who rolls through the motion of his everyday life. This instantly changes the night that his grandfather dies in his own arms. He realizes that is grandpa’s last words lead him to an island, where he once lived with other children his age. His grandpa always told stories about them when he was little, but Jacob now knew it was his time to go find them. Jacob takes on an adventurous side as he and his father venture to the island in England. After several days of searching, Jacob finds the children and opens the door to his peculiar side. He becomes brave and breathtakingly stronger as he realizes it is him who is to protect the other peculiar children. In fact, Jacob finds much about the peculiar children through Emma, who is the peculiar to find Jacob and take him to the home of peculiar children.
When first introduced to Emma she is intimidating and drags Jacob into an alleyway. From there she pushes a knife to his neck and threatens to “water the grass with [his] blood” (Riggs, 124). It is quick to realize that this is a face she puts on as a way to protect herself. Miss Peregrine says Emma “has a certain flair for the dramatic” (Riggs, 146). Though she put on a strong face, she has a shy and loving side to her that she quickly shares with Jacob.
Jacob and Emma begin to have a intriguingly close relationship. At first, Jacob reminds Emma a lot of her first love, Jacob’s grandfather. With the loops, the peculiar children stay young, and while Emma may look like a teenager, she is around eighty. She continues to show Jacob around the Island and how the peculiars live their life day by day within the loop, and they fall in love.
In the beginning, it always seems like all fun and games until you zoom out to the bigger picture with the stormy background, but flower filled field. Jacob had a one-sided sceptical view of the world, until he lost his grandfather. The lense were pulled back and the bigger picture was released. Everything started out as stories, when visiting made it all come to life. Each character throughout this book changed page by page. They endured challenges and realizations that shaped the decisions and realizations discovered. The friendships and relationships are what shaped the book and each peculiar child.
Riggs, Ransom, Doogie Horner, and John J. McGurk. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Philadelphia, PA: Quirk, 2011. Print.