Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy
By Elizabeth Kiem
In the novel Daughter, Dancer ,traitor spy Kiem uses characterization. Marina is a teenage dancer and is the daughter of Privilege. Her mother is a long time leading dancer in the Soviet Union. Her mother’s disappearance is the great tragedy in her life, it makes her take on responsibility for herself. Her journey to Brooklyn is empowering despite her heartbreak, and allows her to discover her own strength of character.
Kiem also uses Setting in the novel Daughter, Dancer, Traitor, Spy. Part of the novel takes place in the 1980s in The Soviet Union. Kiem skillfully creates the setting of the Soviet lifestyle by dropping Russian words and traits into the story, and describing traditions and habits adopted to survive with the bitterness of the government. During this time, the Soviet Union was full of problems, secrets and lots of Warfare. The other half of the Novel takes place in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Brooklyn is completely different from The Soviet Union which makes it difficult for Marina to adjust to the new environment.