Study Guide

Martha in I Am the Cheese

By Robert Cormier

Advertisement - Guide continues below


All we know about Martha is that she's Adam's aunt and she's a cloistered nun. The fact that she's a nun explains why Adam's mom was able to speak with her: she was separated enough from society that it wouldn't be a risk. Martha offers some early insight when she speaks about her isolated life as a nun. She says, "It's not simply a place to hide, Louise. You know that. Otherwise, there would be no point in being here, would there?" (13.17). This makes us wonder: is there a point in living if all you're doing is hiding? And on top of that, we sense a chiding, admonishing, and even condescending tone in Martha's voice (how's that for fancy words?). Not even Louise's own sister can understand her situation, which shows us just how desperate it really is.

This is a premium product

Tired of ads?

Join today and never see them again.

Please Wait...