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John Updike

Updike's poem "Dog's Death" is about the unseen hurts that creatures we love walk around with and that they cannot survive even though we love them. That is a thesis about the poem. After his puppy...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2016, 12:52 pm (UTC)

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The internal conflict that exists at Updike's "Separating" rests with the struggle of Richard to do the right thing as he and his wife prepare to tell their children they will be separating....

Latest answer posted June 1, 2012, 12:41 am (UTC)

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In a way, all of the possible answers to your question could be right. In another way, all of the possible answers to your question could be considered too clear. When I read John Updike's short...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2020, 1:19 pm (UTC)

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In John Updike's "Separating," the external conflicts are seen between the members of the family as Richard and Joan prepare to tell their children of—and then discuss—what they say will be a trial...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2012, 1:38 am (UTC)

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The plot, setting, and characterization certainly contribute to the main theme in A&P: the allure of female sexuality and the emotions it elicits in the male psyche. The author liberally uses...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2017, 7:22 pm (UTC)

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Updike's 1958 poem on the subject of a puppy's death is filled with pathos without lapsing into obvious sentimentality or a maudlin tone. A good way to approach an analysis of this poem is to...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2016, 2:24 pm (UTC)

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The story "Sons" by John Updike follows several different stories about the childhood of several generations of men. Because it is divided up into different stories encompassing different lives,...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2019, 12:59 pm (UTC)

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At the end of Updike's story "Separating," Richard tells his son, Dickie, that he is separating from Dickie's mother. Dickie is the last of the four children to be told about the separation, and he...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2018, 12:48 pm (UTC)

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Even if we call this an illustration and a celebration of youthful rebellion, that doesn't mean that parts of the rebellion are not being satirized as well. Sammy fits a role that is part knight,...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016, 8:06 pm (UTC)

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The entire poem is built around an extended metaphor that compares life to some form of comedy act on a stage. Updike begins his poem by lamenting the fact that death marks the end of "your own...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2011, 6:35 pm (UTC)

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This excellent poem concerns the theme of death, and, building on this theme, the irreplaceable tragedy it is when one human dies and how their "perfection" is "wasted" as when they die, their...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2011, 6:11 am (UTC)

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In John Updike's short story "Dear Alexandros," we can apply the characterization method to discern a lot about Alexandros and Mr. Bentley. One element of characterization is speech. We can discern...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020, 4:40 pm (UTC)

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When Sammy sees his manager, Lengel, confront the girls about their state of undress within the store, he immediately notices that Queenie, as he has mentally called her, is blushing. Sammy is...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2018, 8:03 am (UTC)

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There are several examples of conflict in John Updike's short story, "A&P." The primary one concerns the store manager, Lengel, who berates a trio of young girls who come into his grocery store...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2011, 1:51 am (UTC)

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This story is about a husband's thoughts on the demise of his marriage but he focuses on their new tennis court. He is really thinking about his lack of feeling for his wife and family. His...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2009, 4:24 pm (UTC)

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Because most of the story of Updike's "A & P" takes place in the store, there is less detail about the beach, while there is much more about the store. However, the two have strong symbolic...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2012, 4:09 am (UTC)

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Your thesis sentence should include the specific theme that you want to discuss (choices have consequences) and a similar aspect of characterization between Sammy and you. Here is an example: Just...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2011, 11:37 pm (UTC)

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