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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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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

In the endearing short story “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote joins an unlikely trio of a 60 some year old woman, a 7 year old boy, and a wiry terrier named Queenie. When you throw into the...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2009 10:24 pm UTC

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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

Metaphors are not present in literature merely as brief descriptions but as overarching thematic elements as well. In this way, metaphors can help widen understanding and deepen the impact of a...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016 2:35 pm UTC

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A Christmas Memory

About halfway through the story we learn: Abner Packer, the driver of the six o'clock bus from Mobile, who exchanges waves with us every day as he passes in a dust-cloud whoosh. This is a daily...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2017 11:59 am UTC

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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

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 Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

Let's start with by answering what kind of story this is. "A Christmas Memory" is a reminiscence. That means it is a story told about a past event remembered by the narrator. In this story's case,...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2017 10:10 pm UTC

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A Christmas Memory

There are similes in “A Christmas Memory” “She is small and sprightly, like a bantam hen;” When speaking of the baby carriage Buddy says, “the wheels wobble like a drunkard’s legs.” When counting...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2008 6:33 am UTC

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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

The narrator of Truman Capote's short story "A Christmas Memory" is a seven-year-old boy named Buddy. His best friend is his cousin, an unnamed woman who is, as your questions suggests,...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2014 12:07 am UTC

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A Christmas Memory

A lot of quotes from this story could be considered "significant," and different quotes are going to resonate differently with different readers. For me, I have always liked the following quote for...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2018 4:16 pm UTC

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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

"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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A Christmas Memory

One of the great writers of the twentieth century South, Truman Capote's style includes much beautiful prose. In "A Christmas Memory" Capote writes a reminiscence, and, as such, it focuses on an...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2009 1:53 am UTC

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A Christmas Memory

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

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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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

Capote's (or more precisely, the narrator, Buddy's) cousin is Sook, an older woman who never married and is dependent on her family for food, shelter, and clothing. The family considers her a...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2018 1:42 am UTC

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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

One of the chief objections of some of my students concerning symbols and their significance is that writers should just write what they mean rather than leaving it up to us to have to go through...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2011 7:02 pm UTC

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A Christmas Memory

Direct characterization occurs when readers are specifically told something about a character. Indirect characterization is more subtle and requires the reader to deduce the character's...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 3:50 pm UTC

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A Christmas Memory

This short story by Truman Capote relates a series of events during the Christmas season that describe his memories of his elderly cousin. It serves as a memoir of Capote's childhood, and the...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2016 6:54 pm UTC

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A Christmas Memory

In his short story “A Christmas Memory,” Truman Capote appeals to the senses with his vivid, heartfelt descriptions. When Buddy and his cousin are in the kitchen shucking walnuts, Capote starts off...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2016 1:37 am UTC

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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

In Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory," the author drives the reader along with a heaping "buggyload of windfall pecans" into the kitchen. With sound, smell, and sight images he recreates the...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2010 2:01 am UTC

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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

Buddy’s friend, who is also his distant cousin, demonstrates her selfless nature in Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory." I makes her angry when she cannot give Buddy a bicycle. She would like to...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 6:03 pm UTC

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A Christmas Memory

There is not any one detail that adequately describes the setting. The story is set in and around a small home in the rural south during the 1930s and we know this over the course of reading the...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2016 10:17 pm UTC

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A Christmas Memory

Your original question contained more than one question, so I have edited it down to focus on the exposition of this great short story by Truman Capote. Hopefully this will help you to go and...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2010 10:17 am UTC

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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

Buddy's cousin/friend is eccentric, imaginative, and very loving toward Buddy. Eccentric Buddy's "sixty-something" cousin is described as "still as a child." She becomes excited as she realizes...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2015 8:57 pm UTC

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A Christmas Memory

There are two main characters in Truman Capote’s poignant short story “A Christmas Memory.” The first of whom is the adult narrator as he reminisces about Christmas when he was seven years old. In...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2016 8:30 pm UTC

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A Christmas Memory

This short memoir contains a number of significant scenes that help to illuminate its purpose, which is capturing the essence of what Christmas was like for the author as a young boy. This story...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2016 4:19 am UTC

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A Christmas Memory

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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A Christmas Memory

In Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory,” Buddy’s cousin has firm ideas about the attributes of their Christmas tree even before they cut it down. To make the tree special, she wants it to be twice...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2015 11:51 pm UTC

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A Christmas Memory

Truman Capote is known for powerful works of fiction and non-fiction, including his most famous investigative work In Cold Blood, which became a best seller. Capote's talent for observing sensory...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2016 2:34 pm UTC

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A Christmas Memory

Buddy, a young boy, and his cousin, an elderly dependent in a 1930s Southern household, have almost no money to call their own. Every year, however, the cousin (referred to as "my friend"...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2019 12:55 am UTC

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