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The Fifth Child

The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing challenges our notions of gender roles and parenting. In a sense, Harriet, in her obsessive procreating, is making herself into something less than human, a woman...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2015, 12:50 pm (UTC)

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The Fifth Child

Ben’s siblings are Luke, Helen, Jane, and Paul. The four children fear their baby brother. This is because he exhibits strange traits. For instance, he yanks Paul’s hand, through the cot bars, so...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2018, 3:52 pm (UTC)

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The Fifth Child

Doris Lessing's Gothic horror novel The Fifth child is told from a third-person point of view through an omniscient narrator. An omniscient narrator can relay the thoughts, motive, feelings,...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2010, 2:00 am (UTC)

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The Fifth Child

To come up with a thesis, try to think about what the relationship is between Harriet and her malevolent fifth child, Ben. What do you think Ben represents in the story? One possible vein to...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2018, 11:00 pm (UTC)

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The Fifth Child

There are no eNotes on this book; however, there is some information about it on this eNotes website through Magill's Book Reviews and Literary Analysis. Here are two links for you:...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2008, 6:47 am (UTC)

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