My Brilliant Friend

by Elena Ferrante
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My Brilliant Friend

Lila agrees to marry Stefano Carracci. She is not in love with him. Lila is very young when she agrees to this marriage. She accepts Stefano primarily because she is being pressured by her poor...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2020, 10:28 pm (UTC)

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You will recall that, even from an early age, Lila exhibits a deep interest in the past activities and alliances of the neighborhood, especially those of the Solara family and Don Achille,...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2020, 4:10 pm (UTC)

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Donato and Nino Sarratore are very similar to each other, but they act as a foil in a way to the men of Naples. Both of the Sarratore men are attractive to women due to their differences from other...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2019, 1:32 am (UTC)

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After Lila’s father decides that Lila will not attend middle school along with Elena, Lila gradually redirects her creative energy to the one thing that she feels she can actively influence:...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2020, 6:46 pm (UTC)

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The Grecos Mr and Mrs Greco are Elena’s parents. Her relationship with her mother is at times strained, though her mother does demonstrate love for her daughter and support for her ambitions. Elena...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2019, 4:20 pm (UTC)

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To write an essay about how Ferrante develops the theme of happiness throughout My Brilliant Friend, you will first need to define “happiness.” You could start by thinking about how the novel’s...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2020, 8:19 pm (UTC)

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At first, Elena does plan to tell Lila what happened with the middle-aged Sarratore, then she changes her mind and decides not to. Her reasons for keeping silent, such as disgust with Sarratore and...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2020, 5:20 pm (UTC)

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Marcello and Michele Solara are two young men in the narrator's Neapolitan neighborhood who like to show off their car, a Fiat 1100, and to entice adolescent girls by offering them rides. No...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2019, 6:47 am (UTC)

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School is the center point of Elena's life in these chapters: she is in early elementary school. Poverty is one obstacle she faces: her father makes it clear to her that if she does not do well in...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020, 1:01 pm (UTC)

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In Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend, Donato Sarratore is Nino Sarratore's father. Donato and Nino have a difficult relationship: Nino does not like his father. This is referenced most...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2019, 9:25 pm (UTC)

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Foil characters come in pairs, and their function is to highlight different character traits in one another. For example, in The Simpsons, Bart and Lisa are foil characters because Bart's...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2019, 9:35 pm (UTC)

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The worlds of Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness are very different, but they do share some themes, like rivalries and violence. Let's look briefly at both...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2022, 2:09 am (UTC)

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It’s safe to say that Elena Greco is not happy at the start of this great book. Having just received a phone call from the son of her oldest and dearest friend, Lila, to say that Lila is missing,...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2020, 8:14 pm (UTC)

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In My Brilliant Friend, the author presents a complex portrait of female friendship. Lila and Elena grow up alongside one another and have a rather dark relationship with one another. Oftentimes,...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2020, 8:22 pm (UTC)

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