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  • The Catbird Seat
    "The Catbird Seat" starts off like a conventional murder story. The author James Thurber wants the reader to expect that Mr. Martin intends to commit a perfect crime. Ulgine Barrows became a...

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    Mr. Martin fully intended to kill Mrs. Barrows in her apartment. While she is mixing drinks in the kitchen, he looks all over for a suitable weapon. He considers several objects but decides that...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    The point of view in "The Catbird Seat" is very definitely that of Mr. Martin, head of the filing department for a big corporation. James Thurber focuses intently on Martin's perceptions and mental...

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    Mr. Fitweiler hired Mrs. Barrows at his special assistant without knowing anything about her. Fitweiler, who is head of the big New York-based F&S company, is getting old and seems to be...

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    The whole plot of "The Catbird Seat" hinges on the incongruity between Mr. Martin's character and his boasts to Mrs. Barrows when he comes to her apartment. He is in reality a very conservative,...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    Ulgine Barrows' powers depend entirely upon her relationship with the head of the firm, Mr. Fitweiler. Mr. Martin is clever enough to see that he can save his beloved filing department from Ulgine...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    At the beginning of the story, Mr. Martin, who has decided to "rub out" Ulgine Barrows, is reviewing his case against her over a glass of milk. Mr. Fitweiler, who really knows very little about the...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    All Mrs. Barrows' accusations against Mr. Martin are true, and she is telling Mr. Fitweiler exactly what Mr. Martin wanted her to tell him. "Is the little rat denying it?" she screamed...."You...

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    The passage is just an extended metaphor. Mr. Martin is thinking that Ulgine Barrows had started her tenure as Mr. Fitweiler's special advisor by making minor organizational changes which were...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    James Thurber's Catbird Seat, is a clever short story. The author starts out with a mystery of sorts. Mr. Martin is recalling the events that took place one week ago, when he got rid of Mrs....

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  • The Catbird Seat
    A lifelong non-smoker, Mr. Erwin Martin's purchase of a pack of Camel cigarettes was an integral part of his plan to murder his nemesis, Mrs. Ulgine Barrows. Martin had decided that Mrs. Barrows...

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    Erwin Martin is described as a "cautious, painstaking" man in the second paragraph of James Thurber's "The Catbird Seat." That is how everybody perceives him. He is well regarded by his employer...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    The main theme of this beguiling (for Mrs. Barrows ...) short story is a variation on a general "men and women" theme. We'll find the theme by briefly examining the facts of the story of Mr....

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  • The Catbird Seat
    Erwin Martin is head of the filing department at F & S, a firm located in Manhattan. This fact is of prime importance to the story because Ulgine Barrows, who has recently been hired as a...

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    In creating the character of Mr. Fitweiler for “The Catbird Seat,” James Thurber had to account for the fact that this president of a large firm would have acted so gullibly in hiring Ulgine...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    Mrs. Ulgine Barrows began her rise to power at F & S after meeting the company president, Mr. Fitweiler (the "F" of F & S), at a party. Fitweiler was immediately taken with her--she brought...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    The only conflict in James Thurber's story "The Catbird Seat" is between Ulgine Barrows and Erwin Martin. She is a newcomer, but she has a special relationship with the owner Mr. Fitweiler, who is...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    Mr. Martin perceives Ulgine Barrows as a threat to his filing department and possibly a threat to his own job. He knows he has a reputation of being a very meek, conservative man with regular...

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    There are only three characters in James Thurber's story "The Catbird Seat." Erwin Martin and Ulgine Barrows are major characters and Mr. Fitweller is a minor character. Erwin Martin is a timid,...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    The protagonist would have to be Ulgine Barrows, since she comes in from the outside and upsets the status quo. Erwin Martin, the antagonist, doesn't like her from the beginning because they are...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    James Thurber explores two of his usual themes in the hilarious short story, "The Catbird Seat." One of the themes is the Battle of the Sexes--in this case, the reversal of roles between men and...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    Erwin Martin is puzzled by Ulgine Barrows' unusual way of speaking until Joey Hart explains to him that many of her colorful expressions come from the famed Brooklyn Dodgers radio announcer, Red...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    The primary conflict in James Thurber's short story, "The Catbird Seat," arises between the two very opposite characters of Erwin Martin and Ulgine Barrows. Martin feels that his job--and his...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    The two main characters of James Thurber's "The Catbird Seat" are nearly polar opposites, a difference that eventually plays an important part in the climactic ending of the story. Erwin Martin is...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    Hopefully, you, too, will find James Thurber's "The Catbird Seat" as hilarious as I have always found it. Perhaps the comic irony that Thurber utilizes is the story's strongest point. In the end,...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    Erwin Martin is a creature of habit, set in his routines and habits. The plot that he hatches to unseat his nemesis, Mrs. Ulgine Barrows, is dependent upon him breaking every code of his...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    The American language for sure. The not-so-familiar sayings in the story brought some humour in the text.

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    You may have noticed that the eNotes editors who originally wrote the summary guides for James Thurber's "The Catbird Seat" gave two different thematic outlines for the story: "Men and Women" and...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    Irony is device shared by both of these short stories. In both stories, the extent of the irony is not revealed until the end. In The Catbird Seat, we realize at the end that Mr. Martin has...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    The more important question is, what did YOU learn? This story, like many of Thurber's stories, presents the conflict between men and women in a humorous and ironic way. So, perhaps you may have...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    As the main character in James Thurber's short story, "The Catbird Seat," Erwin Martin is an old fuddy-duddy who is a creature of habit and set in his ways. His boss, Mr. Fitweiler--though enamored...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    Although not a first-person narrative, "The Catbird Seat" is told from the point of view of Erwin Marin, the protagonist of the short story. It is done primarily because he is the man who has...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    A character foil is a person who contrasts with another character (usually the protagonist) in order to highlight various features of the main character's personality. In this short story, Mr....

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  • The Catbird Seat
    In this humorous "mystery" a very prim and proper old man, Mr. Erwin Martin, works as a file clerk for a company called F & S, run by a Mr. Fitweiler. Mr. Martin is extremely organized,...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    There is none. From what I read from the story, there are no pychological disorders about Mr. Martin.

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    More specifically, Ulgine Barrows picks up her "gibberish" in James Thurber's short story, "The Catbird Seat," from one of the greatest of all baseball announcers: Red Barber. Barber (a native...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    Mr. Erwin Martin has decided that Ulgine Barrows must be murdered, and although he has spent a great deal of time thinking about it, he has no definite plan on how to accomplish the act. He buys...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    The personalities of the two main characters of James Thurber's short story, "The Catbird Seat," could not be more different. Ulgine Barrows is loud and pushy, and she connives her way into the...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    "The CatBird Seat" by James Thurber and "Eveline" by James Joyce are two short stories. There are many contrasts between the two stories. CatBird is narrated by a man and Eveline by a woman....

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  • The Catbird Seat
    Ulgine Barrows has many unpeasant character traits. Mr. Martin is not the only one in the firm who dislikes her. The company president Mr. Fitweiler seems to be the only one who likes her and...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    Mr. Martin has been with the same firm in Manhattan for twenty-two years, which shows that he is a man who values security, permanence, regularity, and organization, among other things. It is...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    Ulgine Barrows is the relatively new member of the staff of the firm F&S in James Thurber's short story, "The Catbird Seat." After schmoozing the president, Mr. Fitwiler, at a party, he hires...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    Erwin Martin has decided to kill his nemesis and fellow employee, Ulgine Barrows, in James Thurber's short story, "The Catbird Seat." The two characters are polar opposites: Barrows is loud,...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    The story shows a very frustrated and frazzled Mr. Martin who wants to get rid of Mrs. Barrows. At first, he actually contemplates killing her. The reader is unaware, in fact, that he is not...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    The story gears around three most important characters: Mr. Martin, the protagonist (a prudish semi anal-retentive filing secretary who is very anal and proud of his job), Mrs Barrows- an absolute...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    There is a summary for the plot at the link below.If you are having difficulty determining plot elements, it might help you to take notes as you read. One strategy for note-taking would be to...

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    Mr. Martin was so fastidious in his job, in part, because he did have such pride in his work. He was methodical and precise because his job - accounting - required that. It was his determination...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    This story has a couple of themes: (1) men and women and (2) alienation and loneliness. You can read a good discussion of them at the eNotes link below. 

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    Hi, Cortina. There is a difference between a moral and a theme. Morals are associated with fables, for example. The theme (STATEMENT ON LIFE or TRUISM--a general truth about life) of The Catbird...

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  • The Catbird Seat
    Man v. man is the more obvious conflict in the story. Mr. Martin and Mrs. Barrows are completely at odds with one another. She wants to downsize the department and get rid of him and he wants to...

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