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Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket

What is the theme of "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket"?

In the simplest terms, the theme of "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" might be described as ambition. Tom Benecke, in his own way, is just as ambitious as Shakespeare's Macbeth--and Tom nearly...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2016 4:23 pm UTC

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What is the climax, falling action, and resolution of "Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket"?

Jack Finney's short story about post World War II obsession with materialism depicts the existential absurdity of basing one's existence upon monetary sources. After Tom Benecke values one...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2015 7:20 pm UTC

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Contents Of A Dead Man's Pocket Summary

Tom changes his plans to go to the movies with his wife Clare to something he "wanted to see it too" in order to stay and work on "his own project, unannounced as yet in his office," something that...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2012 6:02 pm UTC

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What is the main internal conflict in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket"?

In this story, Tom Benecke has got himself into quite a predicament, and I would argue that the crux of the internal conflict he experiences comes down to what he values more: his job or his life....

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 11:00 am UTC

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What was Tom's conflict in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket"?

Tom experiences several conflicts throughout the story, both internal and external. They include man vs. man, man vs. nature, man vs. self, and man vs. society. To begin, an external, man vs. man...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2015 2:48 am UTC

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What is the climax of "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" by Jack Finney?

Jack Finney creates a suspenseful situation in his short story “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket.” The climax of a piece of literature is the highest point of the conflict or crisis and precedes...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2016 5:21 pm UTC

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At the end of "Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket," what does Tom do that contradicts everything that went on before?

The ending of this excellent story which I would avoid if you suffer from vertigo is incredibly ironic for a number of reasons. The most obvious irony lies in the fate of the yellow sheet of paper...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2011 7:22 pm UTC

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What specific details in a "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" show that Tom Benecke is a dynamic character?

Tom Benecke is, indeed, the protagonist of "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket"; as such he is a dynamic character. His actions and thoughts while he is outside on the ledge of his eleventh floor...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2015 12:05 am UTC

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What is the setting of "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket?"

Jack Finney's "Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket" was first published in 1956 and seems to be set at approximately that time in New York City, specifically on a ledge outside an apartment on...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2020 10:58 am UTC

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In "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket", what are three examples of irony?

By far the biggest piece of irony in this whole tale comes at the very end. Remember, work-obsessed Tom Benecke has gone out onto the ledge to retrieve a very important piece of paper that he needs...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2010 9:13 pm UTC

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What is the suspense in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pockets"?

In the short story "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" by Jack Finney, A man named Tom Benecke is alone in his eleventh-floor apartment working after his wife leaves for a movie. The paper with all...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2020 6:33 pm UTC

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What is the external conflict in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket"? 

Tom's external conflict takes up most of the story. Essentially, the problem is that an important document is blown out the window by a draft and he has to climb out on a ledge eleven stories above...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2013 11:14 pm UTC

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In "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket," what methods does Tom use to try to attract attention to his predicament?

Tom steadfastly refrains from looking down while he is edging his way along the narrow ledge to get to his precious sheet of yellow paper. He is a little anxious but not really frightened until he...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2013 11:37 pm UTC

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What examples of foreshadowing can be found in the story? How do they relate to what is going to happen later?

Jack Finney includes foreshadowing in his short story “Contents of the Dead Man's Pockets.” In the first paragraph, Tom Benecke is getting ready to work in his apartment when he decides it is too...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016 2:42 am UTC

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What are at least three ways in which Finney creates intense, hold-your-breath suspense, and at what moment is the...

Jack Finney creates intense suspense through descriptions of what it is like on the ledge of the eleventh floor and what lies below the ledge, the fear and terror in Tom, and the crisis of the...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2016 5:20 am UTC

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What is the message of the author in the short story "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket"?

The protagonist of this story, Tom, is dedicated to his great plan to become "the Boy Wizard of Wholesale Groceries," which requires him to eschew leisure activities and spend all his time working...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2018 10:10 am UTC

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Describe Tom and Clare from "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket"

Clare and Tom Benecke are a young married couple who live in Manhattan, New York City, on Lexington Avenue in a high-rise on the eleventh floor. Tom is an up-and-coming young salesman in the...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2015 5:22 pm UTC

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Give an analysis of "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" by Jack Finney.

"Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" by Jack Finney portrays a man in crisis. The protagonist Tom Benecke faces two conflicts: man versus himself and man versus nature. By the end of the story,...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2012 9:54 am UTC

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What is external conflict in "content of the dead man's pocket", can u give me example, thanks

In Jack Finney's story "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket," there is certainly an external conflict between the protagonist, Tom Benecke, and his surroundings, or "nature. This type of conflict is...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2010 11:20 pm UTC

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What are the two settings in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket"?

There are two contrasting settings in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket": the warm interior of the cozy, brightly lighted apartment, and the cold exterior of the building where the protagonist...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2013 10:40 pm UTC

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What is Tom working on in "Contents of a Daed Man's Pockets"?

When the story begins, Tom is at home, working on a project for his job at the grocery store. We can tell that he's eager to do this work well, but that he feels a lot of pressure and keeps getting...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2016 3:19 pm UTC

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Tom is faced with an internal conflict. What is it? 

While much of “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket” revolves around Tom Benecke’s external conflict, the drama of the external conflict is heightened by the twin internal conflicts with which the...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2017 2:53 am UTC

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In "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket," why does Tom go out on the ledge?

Tom Benecke risks his life by going out onto the ledge of his eleventh floor apartment because he desires business advancement above all else. In his ambition for a promotion at work, Tom spends...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2017 9:03 am UTC

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How does Tom succeed in getting back into his apartment? Jack Finney's "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket"

It is Tom's exactitude which allows him to reenter the window of his eleventh floor apartment after rashly stepping out on the building's ledge in order to retrieve the yellow sheet of paper on...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2011 11:51 am UTC

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How are the two settings of ledge and apartment contrasted in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket," and what feeling...

The most direct and illustrative contrast between the settings occurs after Tom has overcome his terror, weakness and faintness and has arrived, not without mishap, safely back at his once open...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2012 6:30 pm UTC

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What is an example of imagery in "Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket"?

Whenever a narrator has provided rich visual detail in a story, and whenever you can easily imagine the setting, the characters, and the action in your mind, you know you've found an example of...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 7:39 pm UTC

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What four events happen in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket?"

To me, the four most important events in this story are these: Tom decides to stay home instead of going out with his wife. This is our first sign as to how dedicated he is to his work. The piece...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2010 11:59 pm UTC

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In Jack Finney's "Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket," how does Tom get back inside the apartment?

In the story "Content's of the Dead Man's Pocket" by Jack Finney, the protagonist Tom Benecke makes a foolish decision. Not thinking about his welfare or his wife's loss, Tom climbs out on a ledge...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2012 1:19 am UTC

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How can you relate irony to the setting in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" by Jack Finney?

Jack Finney provides irony in the setting of “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket” by using two contrasting, but symbolic, settings. The story begins in the warm, cozy apartment that Tom Bernecke...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2016 7:44 pm UTC

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How would you analyse Tom in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket"?  

Tom Benecke is a young married man who lives in New York City and works hard to advance his business career. Details in the story suggest that Tom works in marketing; in the story he has spent four...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2009 8:29 am UTC

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In "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket," why does Tom go out on the ledge?

Tom climbs out onto the ledge to retrieve a sheet of paper he thinks is very important and because he doesn't realize, until he gets out there, how great a risk he is taking. The author Jack Finney...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2013 10:05 pm UTC

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Explain the appropriateness of the title of the story. "Contents of the Dead Man's Pockets" by Jack Finney

The title of the story, "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket," is intentionally misleading but "appropriate" because it helps to enhance the intense emotions experienced by the protagonist--and...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2015 11:49 pm UTC

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What is the flash foward in Tom's mind in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" by Jack Finney? Describe the flash...

When the window slams shut on Tom Benecke after he has retrieved the yellow sheet, he stares at the "glass between him and the room just before him." In this sentence, there is a meaning that is...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2010 12:34 am UTC

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In "Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket," time seems to slow down as Tom tries to overcome his fear.  Which details show...

In general, we get the sense that time is passing so slowly for Tom from the excruciating detail of the movements of his feet and his fingers. Every time the narrator has to tell us about how his...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 5:22 pm UTC

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In the story "Contents of the Dead Man's Pockets," how is Tom's journey back different from the corner of the ledge...

TERROR enters into the equation. In Finney's "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket," Tom Benecke is an aspiring ad man, working on a project for a new grocery-store display method. His project has...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2010 5:28 am UTC

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Explain Tom Benecke's character?

Jack Finney wrote his story "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" during the post World War II business boom of the 1950s. This business culture of the fifties saw many a man aspiring to success...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2011 2:00 pm UTC

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Explain how Tom's thoughts and feelings affect his physical ability to return to his apartment, thereby increasing...

An aspiring young businessman, Tom Benecke has not debated long about stepping out into the darkness after the yellow sheet that will bring him a raise. But, once out there on the ledge eleven...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2010 1:34 pm UTC

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About how much time elapses from Clare's departure to when Tom is kneeing on the ledge, trying to break the window?

Two details reveal the amount of time that elapses between Clare's departure and Tom's kneeling on the ledge in front of his window in Jack Finney's "Contents of the Dead Man's Pockets." First,...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2009 12:11 am UTC

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In "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket," how does Tom's life change as a result of his ordeal on the ledge?

In the story, Tom finds himself on the ledge after a piece of paper documenting his research on grocery-store displays flies out the window. As he balances himself on the ledge, Tom contemplates...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2016 2:09 pm UTC

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What is the tone of Jack Finney's short story "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket"?

Tone in a fiction is defined as the attitude the narrator has toward the characters and events and themes in the narrative: tone is how the narrator feels about the narrative. The tone of Jack...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2013 7:42 pm UTC

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Why is this story called “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket”?

In addition to the answers already given, I believe that the author chose that title for his story because, once Tom is out on that ledge, the reader naturally expects him to fall. The title seems...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2014 7:07 am UTC

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In "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" the events are told in chronological order, but on page 13, Tom and the reader...

Have you ever had a heart-racing moment of excitement when you're so hyper-aware that time seems to slow down? This is the phenomenon that Jack Finney is trying to reflect in "Contents of the Dead...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2016 12:13 am UTC

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What happens to the yellow sheet of paper in the story "Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket"?    

The yellow sheet of paper represents months of work that Tom Benecke has carried out researching a grocery-store display model. He has done a great deal of research and has scrawled facts, figures,...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2017 3:51 pm UTC

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In Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket, once outside the apartment window what did Tom not permit himself to do?

The title of Jack Finney's story is aptly chosen because it makes the reader believe that Tom Benecke is going to end up falling eleven floors to his death regardless of how hard he tries to save...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2013 11:03 pm UTC

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How do Tom's actions at the end of the story show that the experience has changed him?

The main action of Jack Finney's "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" is predicated on the protagonist's absorption in rising in the corporate world. On a sheet from a yellow pad, the ambitious Tom...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2014 5:30 am UTC

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In his short story Contents of the Dead Man's Pockets, how does Jack Finney make time move slowly?

Jack Finney, in his short story "Contents of the Dead Man's Pockets," allows time to pass interminably slowly through the use of intricate details of his characters' movements. One need read no...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2015 5:52 pm UTC

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Who is the antagonist in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pockets"?  

Since Tom Benecke is virtually the only character in the story, the conflict would have to be described as one of man against himself. The protagonist is Tom Benecke. The antagonist is Tom Benecke....

Latest answer posted July 21, 2015 10:45 pm UTC

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How does Tom's life change as a result of his ordeal on the ledge in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pockets"?

Tom's terrifying experience on the window-ledge teaches him that he's been getting his priorities in life all wrong. He suddenly realizes that, if he should fall to his death, he'll die as a...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2018 7:55 am UTC

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How has perseverance affected Tom's life in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket"?

Tom Benecke's character trait of perseverance directs his persistence in completing his project for grocery stores, as well as later on affecting his determination to catch up to his wife at the...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2016 7:06 am UTC

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What key events from "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" would you include in a one paragraph summary of this story?

"Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" by Jack Finney is certainly a story driven by action. Tom Benecke has spent many hours on a project that he tries to complete in the hope that he can submit it...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2017 11:13 pm UTC

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