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A Municipal Report

In the story "A Municipal Report" from O. Henry, what is the point of view of the story?

Comment on the answer given by pohnpei397: It seems to me that the murderer is not the narrator, but Uncle Caesar. The dead Caswell is clutching something in his hand. When he finally drops it,...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2009 12:55 am UTC

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What is the irony of "Municipal Report" by O' Henry?

The irony contained within "A Municipal Report" lies in the relationship between the three main characters as set in the particular location of the story's action. In Nashville, Tennessee in the...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2012 7:31 am UTC

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In "A Municipal Report," what coincidences are required for the development of the plot? I guess what they're asking...

One big coincidence is that one of the dollar bills the narrator gives to Uncle Caesar has been torn in half and pasted together with a very conspicuous strip of blue tissue paper. Azalea Adair...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2013 10:41 pm UTC

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Which story is a better example of interpretive literature, "A Municipal Report" or "A Jury of Her Peers"?

In a comparison between interpretive and escapist, both “A Municipal Report” and “A Jury of Her Peers” fall on the side of interpretation rather than escape. Both stories lead to deep reflection...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2019 5:31 am UTC

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In "A Municipal Report," why is the narrator in that city? What is his business?

The narrator describes Nashville in negative and mocking terms before explaining why he has come there. I must tell you how I came to be in Nashville, and I assure you the digression brings...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2013 11:14 pm UTC

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How does "A Municipal Report" illustrate religious ethics? What role does Catholicism play?

I did not think that Catholic morality was too much different than Christian morality, so I did a little looking. I was right, so this discussion of "A Municipal Report" by O. Henry will center...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2014 9:15 pm UTC

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In "A Municipal Report" we obviously observe throughout the story that a white woman is helped and rescued by a black...

It would be an exaggeration to consider O. Henry's short story a symbol of his anti-racism. His depiction of the the loyal old Uncle Caesar might even be called racist. The faithful black servant...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2013 10:56 pm UTC

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How does Major Caswell describe his wife?

Major Caswell buttonholes the narrator in a hotel bar and brags about his supposedly distinguished ancestry. He also brags about how rich his wife is, which would account for the large handful of...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019 9:43 am UTC

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