James Thurber Questions and Answers

James Thurber

The Owl in the Attic and Other Perplexities is a 1931 short fiction and humor collection by author and illustrator James Thurber, featuring pieces that were previously published in The New Yorker....

Latest answer posted September 4, 2019, 4:43 am (UTC)

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Perhaps the most obvious theme in James Thurber's short story is the theme of education. The narrator of the story describes his efforts in a variety of subjects at Ohio State University, and in...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2019, 7:20 pm (UTC)

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This 1933 shorty story is a humorous account of life with a dog named Muggs. Muggs, an Airedale, has a mind of his own. For example, he won't take care of an invasion of mice in the house, but he...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2019, 4:40 pm (UTC)

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The wife in the story was sure that her husband was insane and he was to be institutionalized. She went ahead to call the police and the psychiatrist to assess the situation. She gloatingly gave...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2015, 10:39 am (UTC)

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Smurch's fall out the window is symbolic of his fall from grace as national leaders and the media sought to be rid of this hero who lacked heroic qualities. In "The Greatest Man in the World," Pal...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2019, 3:02 pm (UTC)

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There is no "correct" answer to this question, and it certainly depends upon the disposition of whoever is answering. However, it could be said that humor and sorrow go hand in hand because we tend...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019, 6:19 am (UTC)

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In the beginning of "University Days," Thurber discusses his problems with botany class at Ohio State University. Thurber had trouble seeing through the microscope. (In real life, Thurber had poor...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2012, 10:43 pm (UTC)

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As God is my witness, I’ll arrange this glass [microscope] so that you see cells through it or I’ll give up teaching… James Thurber writes about his struggles to survive his college stint at Ohio...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2012, 10:21 pm (UTC)

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If you're still interested, here's an answer. It's true that Jack Smurch has succeeded in flying solo over the Atlantic Ocean, something that no one has done before. But... He's hot-tempered,...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2009, 1:08 am (UTC)

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Always happy to answer a question about Thurber, one of my favorite authors. Jack "Pal" Smurch, the protagonist of "The Greatest Man in the World," is an assistant mechanic who has recently...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2011, 9:55 am (UTC)

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One of Thurber's favourite subjects was marriage in middle life. In this particular story, a man and his wife both suffer from marital burnout, although the wife is outwardly the most belligerent...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2009, 12:27 am (UTC)

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James Thurber's essays are all autobiographical, meaning he speaks about his own life. He uses subtle ironic humor to laugh at himself and his family of relatives as a representation of what he...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2010, 4:21 am (UTC)

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The short story, "The Princess and the Tin Box" the man vs. higher power conflict comes in the form of the princess’s choice. All of the princes brought wonderful, beautiful gifts, and we know as...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2009, 5:08 am (UTC)

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A middle-aged husband and wife are on permanent bad terms and would like to be free of each other. The man comes into the house and tells his wife he has seen a unicorn in the garden. She seizes on...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2012, 4:14 pm (UTC)

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Erwin Martin manages to turn the tables on his nemesis in James Thurber's short story, "The Catbird Seat." Martin appears to have little chance of maintaining the status quo at F&S once Ulgine...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2009, 3:52 am (UTC)

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One of the themes in Thurber's "The Greatest Man in the World" is the nature of heroism. When Jack Smurch's world envisioned a hero, they believed that the person would embody a particular set of...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2021, 2:28 pm (UTC)

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It's fair to say that the botany teacher is not very sympathetic towards the narrator. This, despite the fact that the narrator has incredibly bad eyesight and can't see down a microscope very...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020, 11:37 am (UTC)

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The answer to this question is subjective. It is up to individuals to figure out how Thurber affected modern times. Scientifically, we could use the observer effect to answer this question. By...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2019, 3:46 pm (UTC)

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One of America's most highly regarded humorists, James Thurber achieved much success as both a writer and a cartoonist. His humor was unique in that it was simultaneously funny and serious....

Latest answer posted October 25, 2015, 12:54 am (UTC)

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