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Monthly Archive for November, 2016

Your final essay assignment is to discuss Edward P. Jones’s story “A New Man,” which has been shared with you on Google Drive. In your essay, you should summarize the story, identify what you perceive the story’s theme to be, and discuss those passages that support your understanding of this theme. The essay should be approximately one […]

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The story opens in a boarding school with an argument between roomates over a sock on the floor. It escalates to an argument about how messy Frannie(?) is. During the argument, Frannie(?) sees the principle/headmaster secretary(?) outside her dorm. In the moment she doesn’t think too much of it, until the principle/headmaster secretary(?) knocks on her/their(?) […]

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Tobias Wolff’s short story The Night in Question follows two different relationships between fathers and sons. The story shows a juxtaposition of two different but similar relationships. One relationship in the story is between Frank and his father, Frank Senior. The relationship Frank has with his father is one of fear, obedience, anger, and violence. Frank […]

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Frances had come to her brother’s apartment to hold his hand over a disappointment in love…” In Tobias Wolff’s short story “The Night in Question,” the reader is introduced to two characters, Frances and her brother Frank. These siblings have a very close relationship. They seem to be best friends and always be there to […]

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When Frank was still a baby, not even walking yet, Frank Senior, their father, had set out to teach his son the meaning of the word no. In Tobias Wolff’s “The Night in Question,” two different and opposing relationships between fathers and sons are revealed.  There is a large contrast between these two relationships, one […]

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“Yeah, well you sounded better when you were drunk.” Tobias Wolff’s “The Night in Question” is about the narrator, Frances, having to deal with the maturity and character growth of her younger brother. Frank, the narrator’s little brother who is captivated by a sermon he heard in church, apparently turned his life around. At first he was […]

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The human condition is filled with greed and temptation. People often want what they can’t have or jeopardize their own luxuries as an attempt at someone else’s.  Throughout Jeanette Winterson’s, “The Green Man”, the narrator finds himself craving the life of the gypsies. Although he begins the story by explaining how poorly the gypsies were treated […]

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She was eight years old, and while she feared her father’s attention she also missed it, and resented Frank’s obstinacy and the disturbance it caused. Why couldn’t he learn? In the short story “The Night in Question,” by Tobias Wolff, the story follows the lives of two siblings named Frances and Frank. Frances and Frank […]

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“Daddy, in the Olden Days the Queen married the king and after a year she killed him… It was to make the crops grow” I find Jeanette Winterson’s story “The Green Man” very intriguing. In this story the main protagonist, a dad, faces the emasculation and burial of his manhood, the smothering and sputtering of […]

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“Good student, natural athlete, but his big thing was mechanics. One of those boys, you put him in the same room with a clock and he’s got it in pieces before you can turn around. By the time he was in second grade he could put the clocks back together, not to mention the vacuum […]

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“She remembered it all – the Tremor in her legs, the hammering pulse in her neck as the smell smoke grew stronger. She can still taste that smoke and hear her father’s steps on the stairs, Frank panting beside her, moving closer, his voice whispering her name and her own voice answering as fear gave […]

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Drunk on “Love”

Call it a wild perversity or a wild optimism, but they were right, our ancestors, to celebrate what they feared.  What I fear, I avoid.  What I fear, I pretend does not exist.  What I fear is quietly killing me. Jeanette Winterson’s “The Green Man” is a story told from the perspective of a cynical, […]

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In the short story “The Green Man” by Jeanette Winterson, a man goes through his life wondering if this is the life he really wants. Although he loves his family, he is still wonders if this is what he really wants, or if there are better things out there for him. There is a fair in town that […]

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This didn’t sound like Frank. Frank was plain in his speech, neither formal nor folksy, so spare and sometimes harsh that his jokes sounded like challenges, or insults. Frances was about the only one who got them. This tone was putting her on edge. Something terrible was going to happen in this story, something Frances […]

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To honour. To mock. To fear. To hate. To be fascinated. To laugh out loud. They gypsies come her every year once a year. Come living. Come memory. Half dream. Half danger. Half man half beast. Satyr them, satire us; safe, good, time keeping, clean, for a day dragged in front of their silvered mirrors. […]

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“For her brother she’d fought neighborhood punks, snotty teachers and unappreciative coaches, loan sharks, landlords, bouncers. From the time she was a scabby-kneed girl she’d taken on her own father, and if push came to shove she’d take on the Father of All, that incomprehensible bully. She was ready.” In Tobias Wolff’s “The Night in […]

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“My parents asked for something to make John-Jin grow. They didn’t ask what that “something” was and nor did I. And Together we allowed in the unknown. It took some time to show itself. It took ten years exactly.(576)” Susans’ father and mother were hoping for a second child for a long time. After every […]

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I know something important now. Don’t ask for a thing unless you know precisely and absolutely what it is you’re going to get and how you’re going to get it. The short story “John-Jin” by Rose Tremain is about a young girl named Susan whose parents adopt a Chinese baby and name him John-Jin. He […]

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Don’t ask for a thing unless you know precisely and absolutely what it is you’re going to get and how you’re going to get it. In “John-Jin” by Rose Tremain, the narrator, Susan, loved the pier pavilion as a young girl.  She used to go there with her father and she describes it as something […]

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“John-Jin” by Rose Tremain

I know something important now. Don’t ask for a thing unless you know precisely and absolutely what it is you’re going to get and how you’re going to get it. Rose Tremain’s short story “John-Jin,” is about a family who has adopted a Chinese boy by the name of John-Jin. He was found in a […]

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I know something important now. Don’t ask for a thing unless you know precisely and absolutely what it is you’re going to get and how you’re going to get it. Don’t ask for the old Pier Pavilion back. There’s no such thing as the old Pier Pavilion. There will only be the new Pier Pavilion and […]

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In Rose Tremain‘s story “John-Jin” follows the adolescence of the main character, Susan. Susan is closest with her brother, John-Jin who was adopted when she was a little girl. Her parents constantly wished for a son that they could call their own, and once they got him, they were ecstatic. However, when her parents found that their son was […]

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Don’t ask for a thing unless you know precisely and absolutely what it is you’re going to get and how you’re going to get it. After years and years of wishing for another child, Susan’s family finally had their prayers answered. They were able to adopt a young boy named John-Jin. John-Jin wasn’t like most […]

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“John-Jin” by Rose Tremain

Inside the Pier Pavilion were far more things goings on than you could imagine from the outside; it was like a human mind in this one respect. In  Rose Tremain’s “John-Jin,” the narrator’s parents adopt John-Jin after he is abandoned as a baby in a women’s toilet. Susan, the narrator, doesn’t know much about John-Jin at […]

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“The Pier Pavilion was there and then not. There and then not. And that happens to certain things and I don’t know why.” This passage in Rose Tremain’s short story “John-Jin” resonates with me. Often life can leave you bruised and broken, wondering why and how things have become what they are. Things, people, destinations, […]

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