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To put events in chronological order means to organize them by their relative timing: we begin with which one actually happened first, followed by the one that happened next, and so on, regardless...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2020, 10:15 am (UTC)

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In the short story "The Leap" by Louise Erdrich, the narrator displays great admiration and love for her mother. The story is a testimony about how much the narrator is indebted to her. She admires...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2020, 12:20 am (UTC)

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When the narrator of this great short story is seven years old, she is rescued by her mother, Anna Avalon, from a burning building. Their family farmhouse caught fire while she was home alone with...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2020, 6:57 pm (UTC)

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You unfortunately have broken enotes regulations by asking more than one question - you are only allowed to ask one question per day, so I have edited this question down and will respond to one...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2010, 9:39 am (UTC)

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The narrator tells the reader that she owes her existence to her mother three times. The first time was during a circus act in which her mother, Anna of the Flying Avalons, lost her husband in a...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016, 4:20 pm (UTC)

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Foreshadowing is a technique in which the writer uses words, phrases and sentences to hint at some future event without revealing the plot. The technique obviously adds to the intrigue and drama of...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2016, 12:53 pm (UTC)

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In "The Leap," the narrator owes her life to her mother, Anna, in the following three ways: In the first "leap," the mother saves her own life, thereby ensuring the birth of the narrator later on....

Latest answer posted October 2, 2016, 10:35 am (UTC)

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One character trait the mother shows through her circus performances is what her daughter calls her ability to "live ... comfortably in extreme elements." Even when seven months pregnant, the...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2021, 12:52 pm (UTC)

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Anna is the mother of the narrator in this story, a former trapeze artist who is now an older lady, but who still moves carefully, using skills she learned in her former life. With her first...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018, 9:01 am (UTC)

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In "The Leap," Anna's mother meets her second husband while recovering in hospital from her accident as part of the Flying Avalons. He is a doctor, and he is called in to look at her mother's arm,...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2017, 9:40 am (UTC)

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In "The Leap," Anna Avalon saves the life of her daughter (the narrator) in three very different ways. In the first instance, for example, Anna saves her own life when she is the victim of a freak...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2016, 2:47 pm (UTC)

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The two rising actions and climaxes involve the first and third time that the narrator owes her life to her mother. During the first occurrence for which the narrator is indebted to her mother, the...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2014, 10:01 am (UTC)

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“The Leap” by Louise Erdrich is a short story about choices people make in their lives. In the author’s view, decisions made over a lifetime carry with them consequences that often impact other...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020, 4:01 pm (UTC)

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The plot of the short story "The Leap" concerns how a mother who used to be an acrobat in a circus saves her child's life. The story is narrated by the child when she is a young woman. She relates...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2019, 3:02 am (UTC)

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In the first three paragraphs of Louise Erdrich's short story "The Leap," the narrator relays a few different details about her mother Anna to connect her to her past as a leaping trapeze artist...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2015, 2:36 am (UTC)

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The narrator says she owes her mother her existence the first time because of an incident that occurred before her birth. Her mother, Anna, of the Flying Avalons, was a trapeze artist. When she...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2009, 3:23 pm (UTC)

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One of the main themes in this story is gratitude. The narrator is indebted to her mother for her life. She is grateful that her mother (Anna) has even made her life possible. This is why the...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016, 3:06 pm (UTC)

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In the short story, "The Leap," by Louise Erdrich, the narrator begins her detailed flashback in paragraph three. She states at the onset of that paragraph, "I owe her [her mother] my existence...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2019, 2:38 pm (UTC)

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In Louise Erdrich's short story "The Leap," the unnamed narrator says of her mother, "I owe her my existence three times. The first was when she saved herself." The narrator's mother, Anna, and...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2016, 9:15 pm (UTC)

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When the narrator is recounting the three times her mother saved her life, she begins by mentioning how her mother narrowly survived a tragic trapeze disaster while she was pregnant with her first...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019, 5:55 pm (UTC)

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The narrator means that her mother saved her own life or her daughter’s life three times. The story describes a trapeze artist’s daughter. She explains the impact her mother had on her life,...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2016, 10:48 pm (UTC)

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The narrator's mother meets the man who is her father at the hospital to which Anna Avalon is taken after lightning strikes the main pole as well as the guide wires of the circus tent....

Latest answer posted November 23, 2015, 10:56 pm (UTC)

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Two of the leaps signify actual, physical leaps. The first physical leap is during the trapeze accident. The second physical leap is from the tree to the house during the house fire. But...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2015, 11:57 pm (UTC)

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"The Leap" is a good title for this story because of the many leaps, both literal and figuartive that take place in the story. The first leap that takes place is literal; this occurs...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2008, 4:45 am (UTC)

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The short story "The Leap" by Louise Erdrich is narrated by a woman whose mother used to be Anna of the Flying Avalons, part of a trapeze act in a circus. The narrator writes that "I owe her my...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019, 3:49 pm (UTC)

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The purpose of foreshadowing can be explained two ways, and this is important because the viewpoint taken affects a reader's expectation of being able to predict events and outcomes from...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2016, 4:09 am (UTC)

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The story is told by a narrator, not the principal character in the flashbacks. The narrator, unlike Anna, the principal character, would not tell the story of her heroic, courageous actions as a...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2008, 6:52 am (UTC)

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The theme of “The Leap” by Louise Erdrich is that survival often depends upon the ability to use reason. The narrator’s mother exhibits quick-thinking when lightning strikes the tent pole during...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2019, 8:20 pm (UTC)

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In the exposition of "The Leap," the narrator declares that she owes her mother her life: the first time is the day that her mother saved her own life; the second, that her mother married again and...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2014, 5:31 pm (UTC)

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Anna, the mother in "The Leap," is characterized by her courage. As a young woman, she was a circus performer, already an activity that requires strength of character to take part in. Her act...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018, 9:00 am (UTC)

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In Louise Eldrich's "The Leap," the mother has taken three leaps: 1. A leap to safety after lightning strikes during her and her husband's circus act. 2. A "leap" into literacy, and 3. A leap from...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2015, 12:01 am (UTC)

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In “The Leap” by Louise Erdrich, the narrator's mother is blind due to cataracts, but she can walk through her home without ever knocking things over, bumping into doors, or losing her balance. She...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021, 3:57 pm (UTC)

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"The Leap" is a short story by Louise Erdrich. The story is narrated by the daughter of Anna, a former trapeze artist, and portrays the complex feelings of the daughter for her mother by recounting...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2019, 12:42 pm (UTC)

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One way that an author can build suspense in their work is through their use of foreshadowing, which is defined as planting hints about events that will occur later in the plot. This is certainly a...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2010, 5:26 am (UTC)

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In the short story "The Leap" by Louise Erdrich, the narrator is an adult daughter talking about her mother. Now blind from cataracts, her mother, Anna, used to be part of a circus trapeze act know...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2020, 12:44 am (UTC)

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In "The Leap," the narrator's mother, Anna, displays courage in a number of ways: She showed courage by working in a dangerous job while seven months pregnant. Moreover, when lightning struck the...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2016, 7:09 pm (UTC)

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In Louise Erdrich's short story, the daughter's account of her mother is categorized by the woman's leaps throughout her life. Anna Avalon has two literal, physical leaps: When she was part of the...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2017, 11:31 am (UTC)

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The use of flashback in "The Leap" creates both a flow to a compelling narrative and certain unifying themes. The title of Erdrich's story calls to mind the oft-quoted phrase of philosopher Søren...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2017, 5:27 pm (UTC)

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The story ends with the last of the narrator's mother's leaps, when she saved her daughter from a burning house in her childhood. It is important to realise that the ending is actually one of many...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2013, 8:19 am (UTC)

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The flashbacks episodes in "The Leap" are related to each other in three ways. The first way they are related is that they offer the story of the mother's life, the life that led up to her ability...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2010, 12:16 am (UTC)

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Anna Avalon chose life rather than death as she fell through the air. Anna always contended that a person can think of many things as he/ she is in the act of falling. As lightning strikes the big...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2016, 1:06 am (UTC)

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Perhaps the greatest irony, or contrast between what is expected and what does occur in "The Leap," is the stillborn death of the mother's first child, a child she attempted to save by not crashing...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2014, 3:51 am (UTC)

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One way to understand love is to think of it in terms of rescue. To love someone is to both be available to rescue them, and to allow yourself to be rescued by them. We can see this dynamic at work...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2016, 10:11 pm (UTC)

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The conflict in The Leap by Louise Erdrich is in the choice of whose life to save and it appears twice. The narrator is telling the tale of how she came to be. In doing so, she recounts the two...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2010, 7:42 am (UTC)

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In "The Leap," the narrator has conflicting feelings about her sister. On the one hand, the narrator feels no connection towards her: she refers to her as "the child," for example, and does not...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2016, 7:28 am (UTC)

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The narrator's father met her mother, Anna Avalon, in a local hospital while she was recovering from serious injuries stemming from the disaster that took place during her New York trapeze show....

Latest answer posted March 8, 2019, 2:21 pm (UTC)

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The end to the act called the Flying Avalons is described in "The Leap" by Louise Erdrich as part of the narrator's reflections about her own history and her relationship to her mother, Anna...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016, 2:51 pm (UTC)

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Note that these events are not in chronological order. The story is told by the narrator, looking back upon her life. The first notable event is that the narrator's mother, Anna, has lost her...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2018, 2:37 pm (UTC)

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The first time the narrator is saved by her mother is during the trapeze act. Anna is blindfolded as part of the act. When the storm strikes, she chooses to save herself rather than go down with...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2018, 4:11 pm (UTC)

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Stanza one focuses on the mother's loss of sight. The speaker explains that the mother lost her sight as "the result of encroaching and stubborn cataracts." The speaker also describes how the...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2019, 7:46 am (UTC)

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