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The Girls in Their Summer Dresses

Point of view, of course, is the standpoint from which the story is told: "who tells the story and how it is told." It is important to note what a narrator does. The person telling the story who...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2011 7:18 am UTC

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Irwin Shaw uses synecdoche, the literary technique of using parts to represent a whole, to symbolize how Michael Loomis reduces women to the parts that catch his eye and his interest. Michael...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2018 1:33 am UTC

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In Irwin Shaw's "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses," the central idea I see is that relationships are fragile, especially when the people involved are not deeply committed. Michael Loomis and his...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2011 5:53 am UTC

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The central conflict in Irwin Shaw's "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses" exists between Michael Loomis and his wife of five years, Frances. A conflict is "the struggle between opposing forces." The...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2011 7:47 am UTC

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To understand the ending's significance, it is important to note the results of their exchange. Throughout their conversation, Frances repeatedly expresses that she is bothered by Michael's...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 7:09 pm UTC

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The marriage depicted in “The Girls in Their Summer Dresses” demonstrates the fundamental fragility at the heart of all human relationships, no matter how ostensibly close they may be. On the face...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2020 1:01 pm UTC

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In "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses" by Irwin Shaw, it is clear that Francis loves Michael, but it is decidedly less obvious that Michael reciprocates her love. The conflict of the story revolves...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 4:42 am UTC

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The story is unresolved. The viewpoint character, Michael Loomis, can't help looking at pretty girls even though his wife has complained about his roving eye and obviously feels hurt and...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2013 1:19 pm UTC

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The short story "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses" by Irwin Shaw tells of a couple, Michael and Frances, taking a walk on a Sunday morning in New York. It's a beautiful day, they have slept late,...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 3:52 am UTC

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Although she is a bit too passive at the beginning of "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses", Francis actually figures out how to deal with Michael's wandering gaze by the end of the story. That is,...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 4:27 am UTC

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Early in the story, Mike and Frances are talking about how they will spend their Sunday. They consider going back to bed together, and Frances mentions that the Stevensons have asked them to come...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2018 3:26 pm UTC

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In the short story "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses" by Irwin Shaw, a married couple, Michael and Frances, emerge onto Fifth Avenue in New York on a warm sunny day in November. It is Sunday, and...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 3:41 pm UTC

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The short story "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses" by Irwin Shaw tells of a couple, Michael and Frances, who seem to be happy together, until a long-brewing problem threatens to disrupt their...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 6:42 pm UTC

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Frances and Michael have a complicated and precarious relationship; although they have been faithful to each other during their five years of marriage, Michael cannot help but look at other women....

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 8:26 pm UTC

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As the story opens and Frances and Mike walk along, their conversation reveals that this married couple has been in bed together on Saturday night into late Sunday morning. Frances notices Mike...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2018 2:43 pm UTC

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It's interesting to look back at Irwin Shaw's story from the perspective of our own time. Michael's confession that he likes looking at other women and is occasionally aroused by them isn't exactly...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 4:46 am UTC

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Irwin Shaw's brief story is both a relic of past gender dynamics and, at the same time, an expression of a universal inner conflict that probably exists in all relationships. In today's world, one...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 6:41 pm UTC

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Francis wants to get the truth out of Micheal so that she can confirm what she seems to have already know: that Micheal lusts after other women. This demand for the truth does not come until the...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 3:51 am UTC

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At the end of Irwin Shaw's "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses," Francis gives Michael the following instructions: "Stop talking about how pretty this woman is, or that one. Nice eyes, nice...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 4:11 am UTC

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