On Beauty Questions and Answers

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On Beauty by Zadie Smith is full of thematic issues. In this novel Smith clearly (and powerfully) comments on academia, class, political views, and sexuality; in the midst of all these things is...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2013 5:49 pm UTC

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The climax of this novel comes when Zora and Jerome discover the sexual relationship between their father, Howard, and Victoria Kipps, who is both a woman whom Jerome was formerly interested in and...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2013 5:58 am UTC

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Allusion and irony are two prominent literary devices used throughout On Beauty. The primary one is allusion. Zadie Smith’s novel has often been called a contemporary reworking of E. M. Forster’s...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019 5:47 am UTC

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This is a fascinating question. We might like to initially start by refering to what the author herself says about the naming of this novel and how she came up with the title, before discussing how...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2011 6:28 pm UTC

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Howard Belsey, Kiki's husband, an art historian and college lecturer, hates the works of the 17th century Dutch painter Rembrandt. In fact, he has been working on a book for a long time called...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2015 6:07 pm UTC

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Kiki is clearly a dynamic character in this novel as she obviously changes and develops during the course of the novel as a result of firstly her husband's infidelity and secondly her friendship...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2011 6:21 pm UTC

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Integral to the character of Howard Belsey and to his fall from grace is his self-belief that he is as passé as his projector. From this, you might say that Howard is the Failure type of character....

Latest answer posted October 18, 2011 5:53 am UTC

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The title of this updated version of E. M. Forster's Howard's End seems to indicate that the novel will have more in common with an academic essay based on some abstract concepts rather than an...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2011 12:36 am UTC

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The main conflict in this updated version of Howards End is an external conflict that exists between the two families, the Belseys and the Kippses, which takes the form of differing political...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2012 3:20 pm UTC

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Howard is shown to have impacted his marriage irrevocably for the worst by his infidelity with one of his colleagues. When Kiki discovers the identity of his mistress, she makes it clear that their...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2013 7:10 am UTC

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I have managed to find a chart that gives a very comprehensive comparison and contrast between these two works of literature, and I have included a link to it below, along with links to the enotes...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2011 7:37 pm UTC

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This is an interesting question. I can see how "only connect" and "do concentrate" might be a representative pair of phrases to give a metaphysical and symbolic representation of Zadie Smith's On...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2011 8:17 am UTC

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Zadie Smith is an English novelist with a Jamaican mother and English father, who was raised in London, graduated from Cambridge University, held a post-graduate fellowship at Harvard, and has...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2016 11:19 pm UTC

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This is an interesting question. I think it might be argued that if the plot of On Beauty were to change--as long as the characters were not also changed--the impact of the book would not be lost...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2011 2:17 am UTC

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I would want to answer this question by examining the character of Kiki in this excellent novel, who is shown to be one of the major characters who changes and develops during the course of the...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2011 6:32 pm UTC

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This text makes it completely clear that Kiki loves her children completely and unquestionably. Even when they do things to exasperate her or when they do things that are illegal, as she suspects...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2013 7:19 am UTC

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Zora ... [didn't] feel the part; [so] she dressed it instead. How successful this had been she couldn't say. Now she stopped to examine herself in the window of Lorelie's ... Zora is a...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2011 6:55 am UTC

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