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A Christmas Memory

The context of this sentence is as follows. Buddy and his older cousin have returned home after the hard work of gathering pecans for the Christmas fruitcakes they makes as gifts for people every...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2020, 11:58 am (UTC)

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On a literal level, the buggy is significant to the narrator because it was purchased for him when he was born. The narrator, who is seven at the time this story takes place, lives with various...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2021, 2:50 pm (UTC)

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Buddy and his friend make fruitcakes every year to give as gifts to people. Some are people they have never met, like the President of the United States, some are people they have met just once,...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2017, 8:42 pm (UTC)

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Buddy's best friend is a cousin who is middle-aged, as she is described as being "sixty-something" with "shorn white hair." Buddy also says she is "small and sprightly, like a bantam hen; but, due...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2016, 12:39 pm (UTC)

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In the short story "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote, there are two characters named Buddy. One is the seven-year-old narrator of the story who is a distant cousin of and best friends with the...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016, 6:48 pm (UTC)

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The key obstacle Buddy and Sook, his cousin, have to overcome, is their lack of money. Both are dependents in a Southern household in the 1930s. Buddy is a young child of seven. Sook is a...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2017, 12:31 pm (UTC)

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Haha Jones's café that is by the river is called a "sinful" place by Buddy's relatives. This café is what was known as a juke joint. Juke joints originated in the South after the emancipation of...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2017, 3:30 pm (UTC)

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Buddy and his cousin provide invaluable things to each other during their friendship. Buddy provides a mirror to his cousin’s past. She lost her childhood friend named Buddy, therefore she calls...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016, 1:17 am (UTC)

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Two of the central themes of this story are friendship and childhood innocence. Buddy, the narrator, is best friend's with his elderly cousin, proving that friendship need not be limited by age....

Latest answer posted December 23, 2007, 8:50 am (UTC)

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In "A Christmas Memory," seven-year-old protagonist Buddy and a sixty-something-year-old relative share a special bond despite their difference in age. Buddy is a sensitive boy without parents, and...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2021, 12:49 pm (UTC)

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Conflict in literature is between two opposing forces and can be internal or external. In "A Christmas Memory," the conflict is external: Buddy and his cousin struggle to overcome a lack of...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2021, 5:28 pm (UTC)

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As an example of "fiction of nostalgia," Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" is a fondly melancholic recollection of his friendship with an older child-like cousin with whom he baked fruitcakes...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2011, 6:01 pm (UTC)

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The kitchen appears at various points during this excellent short story, and you might want to do a thorough analysis of the kitchen and what kind of description is used to depict it. I will choose...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2011, 10:18 pm (UTC)

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Truman Capote wrote A Christmas Memory as he was inspired by his own recollection of his childhood. It is a short story with a charming and unassuming tone which is so endearing that it even...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2015, 5:05 pm (UTC)

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The setting really helps you to see the impoverishment of the cousins and how they make themselves happy. When they are home, it is a little dark and unfriendly until they begin to make the fruit...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2012, 5:16 am (UTC)

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Another work of Truman Capote's, the novella The Grass Harp, which also has the author's recurring theme of an intelligent boy's growing up without the support of the traditional family, has a very...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2011, 3:51 am (UTC)

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The events in this story revolve around making Christmas fruitcakes. Buddy, a young boy, has been sent to live with relatives. He becomes close with an older cousin named Sook. Sook is childlike...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2019, 4:07 pm (UTC)

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Buddy and his elderly friend gather all the precious ingredients they need to make their Christmas fruitcakes. The description of the kitchen as they bake together uses visual imagery to conjure a...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2018, 10:45 am (UTC)

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After Buddy is sent away to school, the elderly cousin he bonded with continues on a few more years. She writes letters to Buddy in which she encloses a dime for the movies. Queenie is kicked by a...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2018, 11:34 am (UTC)

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In "A Christmas Memory," Buddy and his elderly cousin, Sook, have a variety of ways of earning money for Christmas fruitcakes. In August, for example, their relatives will pay them a penny for...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2018, 1:23 pm (UTC)

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After they fly kites together on Christmas day, Buddy's friend has a revelation about the Lord in Truman Capote’s story “A Christmas Memory.” Buddy and his friend open presents with the rest of...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2016, 7:18 pm (UTC)

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Buddy and his distant cousin share a natural bond, a natural affinity for each other. In a more normal environment it is highly unlikely that they would be friends. However, their common...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2017, 2:07 pm (UTC)

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As you read Truman Capote’s retrospective short story “A Christmas Memory,” you will find an adult Buddy looking back at his life as a seven year old child. As a child, Buddy is a compassionate...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2015, 6:31 pm (UTC)

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A story's setting generally describes both when and where the story takes place. "A Christmas Memory" takes place in late November, in a "country town." The narrator provides some clues as to the...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2021, 1:26 pm (UTC)

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I would say that there are two correct answers to this question. They bake fruitcakes to hand out to "friends" as Christmas gifts. They bake fruitcakes because it is a Christmas tradition. Readers...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2018, 9:39 pm (UTC)

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Buddy and his friend must overcome numerous obstacles as they make the fruitcakes they give as gifts each year. In Truman Capote’s story “A Christmas Memory” the friends must devise ingenious ways...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2016, 1:29 am (UTC)

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Queenie is an "outsider" to the dominant society of the unnamed grownup relatives in whose house Sook and Buddy live. With them, this little dog forms an alternative society. She represents being...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2018, 1:15 pm (UTC)

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Although Buddy's relative Sook is "sixty-something," she has lived a life of childlike dependence on her family. Her shoulders are badly hunched from a childhood illness, and she has never married....

Latest answer posted December 23, 2017, 11:21 pm (UTC)

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Buddy and his friend hide the money in their Fruitcake Fund in an old bead purse "under a chamber pot under my friend's bed." The description of the hiding place tells the reader that Buddy's...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2017, 12:41 am (UTC)

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The central plot conflict in "A Christmas Memory" revolves around how the penniless dependents Buddy and Sook will finance their Christmas fruitcake project. This is resolved in a number of ways,...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2017, 4:32 pm (UTC)

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This last line of the story communicates how close Buddy feels to Sook. When he hears of her death, he says it is as if some irreplaceable part of himself had died. Sook made Buddy kites for...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2018, 1:07 am (UTC)

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In "A Christmas Memory," imagery that conveys the mood of struggle includes the long trek to the Christmas tree, where the characters encounter "chastising thorns, burrs and briers that catch" at...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2021, 3:04 am (UTC)

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Buddy tells his readers on page four that his much older friend/cousin has not done a great many things in her life that most people take for granted. Buddy begins by telling us that she has never...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2017, 10:36 am (UTC)

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The kitchen was Sook's domain. It was, therefore, where Buddy spent most of his time indoors. In this story, set in the Great Depression of the 1930s, the kitchen is an old-fashioned and comforting...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2019, 12:15 pm (UTC)

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The climax is the high point of a story. In "A Christmas Memory," after all the struggles to earn money and collect supplies for the Christmas fruitcakes and then to make them—which leads to an...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019, 10:44 am (UTC)

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"A Christmas Memory," which has been called "fiction of nostalgia," presents the reader with a perspicacious and sensitive boy named Buddy. Buddy has a sensitivity and understanding well beyond his...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2016, 6:20 pm (UTC)

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Buddy and his cousin's evening of fun is spoiled when two relatives (unnamed and not described in any detail) scold her for giving him whiskey, and frighten her with their talk of sin and religion....

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016, 10:07 pm (UTC)

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Capote opens the story by appealing to our sense of sight. We can picture the big, old-fashioned black cast iron stove, the round table, the fireplace, and the two rocking chairs in the old country...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019, 11:10 am (UTC)

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The fruitcakes symbolize Buddy's older and distant cousin, as she initiates the project of making thirty pies and sending them out as gifts to everyone in the community, a project she shares with...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2021, 11:44 am (UTC)

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Queenie is a little dog that belongs to Buddy's older cousin and best friend. Her traditional Christmas gift is a big beef bone that costs a nickel and which they purchase from the butcher. Buddy...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2021, 1:36 pm (UTC)

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A Christmas Memory

Buddy and his friend are saving money in "A Christmas Memory" so that they can purchase the ingredients they need to make thirty fruitcakes, as well as afford the postage needed to send the...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2021, 12:10 pm (UTC)

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Well, let me help you out a bit with this. You are actually right - nostalgic is the best adjective to describe the mood of this great story. Now, in my dictionary, nostalgia is defined as "a...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2010, 6:50 am (UTC)

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Without personal ties and experiences and feelings among them and the recipient of their fruit cakes, Buddy and his shy friend need not fear insults or cruelty if their gifts are rejected. Buddy's...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2016, 4:53 pm (UTC)

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To select a Christmas tree for their household, Buddy’s cousin takes him to an "ocean" of holiday trees far in the woods where her own father had taken her as child. Buddy and his cousin choose a...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2021, 1:49 pm (UTC)

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The main characters in the story are Buddy and his "friend." Although they do encounter other characters, like their other family members and Haha Jones, none of those characters play a significant...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2015, 10:21 pm (UTC)

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Truman Capote employs a wide variety of literary devices throughout the essay. He combines these devices into a vivid narrative that has the kind of detail that is characteristic of important...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2020, 5:30 am (UTC)

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In Truman Capote's short story “A Christmas Memory,” Queenie is the beloved orange and white rat terrier who belongs to Buddy and his cousin’s family. A rat terrrier is a type of dog. Queenie tags...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2016, 2:45 am (UTC)

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Buddy never names the people, presumably family members, that they live with. He refers to them at one point as "those who know best," and he also says at one point that they have control over...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2016, 11:16 pm (UTC)

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As often happens in first person narratives about childhood, the perspective will shift from what the person experienced as a child to what the person experiences as an adult looking back with a...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2019, 7:43 pm (UTC)

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His "friend," as he refers to her, is really his distant cousin and we know a lot about her thanks to his bountiful descriptions. On page one we learn that she is in her sixties, has hunched...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2015, 2:15 am (UTC)

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