Construction Literary Magazine

Fall 2019

From Jacob Have I Loved

From <i>Jacob Have I Loved</i>

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Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved

“‘Jacob have I loved . . .’ Suddenly my stomach flipped. Who was speaking? I couldn’t remember the passage. Was it Isaac, the gather of the twins? No, even the Bible said that Isaac had favored Esau. Rebecca, the mother, perhaps. It was her conniving that helped Jacob steal the blessing from his brother. Rebecca—I had hated her from childhood, but somehow I knew that there were no her words.”

The comparison to the Biblical story of Jacob and Esau so accurately portrays and shame, hurt, and deceit that Louise feels when her family treats her twin sister Caroline with more attention, and most painfully, with more love.