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    Appointment in Samarra is set right between the end of the Jazz Age and the beginning of the Depression. As the Roaring Twenties came to an end, the country sank into the despair brought about by...

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    The climax of the story takes place in chapter 6, on the night of Christmas at the Stage Coach. All the main characters in the story converge in this scene as if to enable, and also witness,...

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    Julian is the thirty-year-old protagonist of the novel. A member of the WASP elite of Gibbsville, Julian is the head of a car dealership but isn’t really cut out for business. He is married to...

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    The title of the book introduces fate as a theme by referring to the old Mesopotamian tale of a man who confronts the inevitability of his own destiny. The man’s time to die has come, and he...

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    Appointment in Samarra is about the events in the last three days of Julian English’s life. Julian is a well-to-do white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant man living in a small Pennsylvania town in 1930....

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    It is possible to compare the themes of fate versus free will in both of these tales. Godfather Death deals with the doctor's inability to comply with Death's rules on who can be saved from dying,...

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