Conflict is defined as a seriousdisagreement or argument, typically a protracted one. Throughout the novel,Jessica Thomas struggles with decision making and how to execute the plans inthe right manner. We see her starting struggle when Jess says, “Well . .
. it’sa big scholarship. But it doesn’t cover everything” (Moyes 20). Through thissimple statement, Jess expresses her need for help in making Tanzie’s dream ofgoing to St. Anne’s possible. Jess wants to make her daughter happy, but sheneeds a little help, and hates to ask for it. DemandingTanzie’s father, Marty, for help Jess shows how much she wants Tanzie to havethis opportunity but when Marty says, “I’ve not even got a proper job yet.There’s nothing going on round here.
I’m . . . I’m only just getting back on myfeet. I’m sorry, babe, but there’s no way” she begins to realize she is goingto have to find another way to help Tanzie (Moyes 20).
Jess begins to thinkthere was no way she would be able to come up with the money to send Tanzie toSt. Anne’s. Even though Jess bounces back from most situations, the doubt andworry began to consume her thoughts. “Jessknew what she would do. Of course she did. It wasn’t her money. It was a lessonshe had drummed into the kids: You don’t steal” (Moyes 62).
Jess took Ed’smoney with full intentions of giving it back, but instead she stared at it andthought about how this money could help pay for Tanzie’s school. Thisparticular conflict weighed on Jess’ shoulders and even though she knew she hadto do the right thing, she thought what if. Jess’ character is worried,doubtful, and tempted. It is the temptation that makes her hesitate to give itback and hold onto the money he had dropped. How do I pay for her school andshould I use this money I found or give it back are two major conflicts Jessstruggles with, but her reactions show how she is determined to find a way topay for Tanzie’s schooling. Speechis defined as the expression of or the ability to express thoughts and feelingsby articulate sounds.
Jess does not sugar coat her words or thoughts. She tellsthings how she sees it because that is a part of her personality. Her wordsreveal her feelings as well. When Jess says, “She won’t be wearing a prissyuniform because she won’t be bloody going.
I haven’t got a hope of sending her,Nathalie” it is revealed that Jess has practically given up in finding a way tosend Tanzie to St. Anne’s (Moyes 37). Through Jess’ words her doubt grows inher personality, but she does not want to let Tanzie down. Jesscares for Tanzie and Nicky more than anything in the world and all she wantedto do was make them happy, despite having to face her own conflicts. “Just keepcalm” is what Jess mutters to herself while driving an uninsured car (Moyes82). Through saying this out loud she is reassuring herself while trying tocombat her worry.
She does not want Tanzie and Nicky to see her scared andworried so in saying this, not only is she comforting herself, she hopes tocomfort the children in the car as well. Jess wants to be strong for her kids,even if she has doubt, she does only what she thinks is best for them. “Well,there must be .
. . Don’t worry Tanze. I’ll work something out” (Moyes 223). Jesswould do anything and everything to give her kids what they wanted. She did notwant to see them sad or hurt. If there was a problem, Jess would always tellthe kids that she would figure something out and it would all be okay, showinghow willing and determined her character is to keep a smile on their faces.When Nicky says “Mum always told us that good things happen to good people.
Guess what? She doesn’t say that anymore” he reveals a major shift in Jess’personality (Moyes 317). Jess experienced failure and loss heavily and as aresult, her character changed. Through doubt and worry, Jess proves to bewillful and determined. While hurting, Jess’ spirit falls, like one’s wouldafter losing someone they cared about.
In her words, she reveals the nature ofher character whether it be doubtful, hardworking, or determined. Sin is defined as an immoral actconsidered to be a transgression against divine law. When Jess picks up themoney Ed drops, her mind goes back and forth in whether or not to use it orgive it back. “Then she ran upstairs, pulled Mr. Nicholls’s money from its nestamong her tights, and before she could think she stuffed it into an envelope,scrawled a note, and wrote Admissions Office, St. Anne’s in careful letters onthe front” (Moyes 67). Jess commits a sin without hesitation, but she felt asif there was no other solution. Her character grew weak and submitted to thetemptation of using Ed’s money showing she did what she felt she had to do tokeep a smile on Tanzie’s face.
ARolls Royce sat in the garage, untouched. The journey of getting to the MathOlympiad would prove itself to be a rough one. As they set off for thecompetition, Jess is pulled over. When Jess tells the police, “The car isn’tinsured. I’m not insured” she knew what she had done wrong (Moyes 87). Jesscommitted another sin despite it being small, she knew the consequences whenshe started the car. Although Jess is not insured she was willing to take therisk of driving so she could get Tanzie to the competition.
Her sin was wrongbut it reveals the lengths she is willing to go for her children. Afterthe sin was uncovered by Ed, Jess took a downward spiral. As they traveled tothe competition, Jess forgot about what she had done and as Ed and Jess beganto fall for each other she was blinded by her feelings for him.
Jess’ feelingsthat resulted from the truth of the sin is shown when Moyes says: Herewas the truth of it: Jess felt the absence of Ed like a thickblanket, smothering everything. She missed his smile, hislips, his skin, the bit where a trace of soft dark hair snaked uptoward his belly button. She missed feeling like she had whenhe was there, that she was somehow more attractive, moresexy, more everything. She missed feeling as if anything waspossible. She couldn’t believe losing someone you had knownsuch a short time could feel like losing part of yourself, thatit could make food taste wrong and colors seem dull. (Moyes 323)Jess is distraught at her actions,but she knew that she had done the wrong thing.
Throughout One Plus One, Jess is portrayed as a smart, determined, and willfulcharacter who seemed to get through anything that was thrown at her, but onceher sinful act surfaced, her character fell along with her spirit. She wasgenuinely upset and hurting over what she had done. She committed a sin,knowing what would happen if Ed found out, and yet she still suffered theconsequences that triggered loneliness, hurt, and heartache. Jess’ sin says alot about who she is and what she is willing to do. Jess did everything she didout of the love she had for her two kids, whether it was right or wrong, shemade her choices and dealt with the repercussions. In One Plus One by Jojo Moyes, the personalityof the characters are revealed through their conflict, speech, and sin. Sin is the immoral act that goesagainst the divine law. Speech is the communication and expression of thoughtsthrough spoken words.
Conflict, either internal or external, is the strugglebetween two opposing forces in a plot. Jessica’s personality was shown throughher words, actions, and struggles. She is a strong-hearted mom who would riskanything and do everything she could to keep her children happy. She stolemoney, used it, and then spent days with the man she stole from and looked himin the eyes and kept her sin secret. She told her kids everything would be okayeven if she doubted those words herself.
She struggled in making decisions, notknowing whether it would benefit her family or hurt them. Jessica Thomas is a determined,willful, and brave woman. Her actions and speech reveal these very aspects ofher personality. “The only things Jess really cared about were those twochildren and letting them know they were okay. Because even if the whole worldwas throwing rocks at you, if you had your mother at your back, you’d be okay”(Moyes 167).