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A New England Nun

In the short story "A New England Nun" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, a woman named Louisa Ellis is scheduled to marry Joe Dagget in a week's time. They became engaged fifteen years earlier, but then...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2021, 4:17 pm (UTC)

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A New England Nun

A number of symbols in the story relate to the overall theme, which is the choice Louisa must make between married life, and the celibate, "cloistered" life to which she has become...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2008, 3:46 pm (UTC)

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A New England Nun

With the title, Mary Wilkins Freeman suggests the paradox at the heart of the story: Louisa Ellis, who lives in a New England town, is not a nun but lives in a similar way. However, Louisa is...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2019, 7:14 pm (UTC)

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A New England Nun

“A New England Nun” by Mary Wilkins Freeman creates a woman, who resists the domination of men. Raised in a strict Puritan home, Freeman uses her code of behavior for her character who exhibits...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2012, 6:21 pm (UTC)

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A New England Nun

A commitment to marry after waiting fourteen years sets the scene for “A New England Nun” by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. The protagonist in the story faces just such an enigmatic circumstance....

Latest answer posted December 31, 2012, 1:12 am (UTC)

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A New England Nun

Joe Dagget made Louisa wait for fifteen years to marry him. Now the wedding is only a week away. This is the crux of the story “A New England Nun” by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. This is a woman’s...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2012, 1:39 am (UTC)

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A New England Nun

Mary Wilkins Freeman enjoyed the prestige of being counted among a small group of women writers who gained popularity at the end of the nineteenth century. Known as a local color writer, Freeman...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2012, 3:18 pm (UTC)

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Louisa Ellis waited fifteen years for Joe Dagget to come back to marry her. While Joe was off making his fortune, Louisa’s mother and brother died. She has been alone except for her canary and...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2012, 4:46 pm (UTC)

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Under a modern perspective one could certainly argue that Louisa's compulsive and obsessive neatness is a consequence of the repressed emotions that she has pushed down within regarding the wait...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2011, 5:20 am (UTC)

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A New England Nun

A narrative is a work which communicates a story, a series of connected events and details. For a work to be delivered in the narrative mode means that the characters, settings, and events are not...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2018, 3:03 am (UTC)

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A New England Nun

The story is concerned with a woman who has lived alone and grown accustomed to doing things her own way and smoothly running a domestic operation. She has also been engaged to be married to a man...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2019, 3:57 pm (UTC)

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A New England Nun

Well for one thing, you have to consider that the story was written in 1891, and society was a completely different place. Wives and women in general were supposed to be meek and...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2007, 12:24 am (UTC)

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A New England Nun

“A New England Nun” tells the story of a woman who retreats into a private world for fifteen years while she is waiting for her fiancé, Joseph Dagget, to return. During that period, Louisa Ellis...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2020, 8:31 pm (UTC)

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