The Sculptor's Funeral

by Willa Cather
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The Sculptor's Funeral

Willa Cather's 1905 short story The Sculptor's Funeral depicts small-town people in a rather negative light, with the characters' flaws lying in their warped priorities with regard to their own as...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2015, 2:51 am (UTC)

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One way in which "The Sculptor's Funeral" is influenced by realism is in Cather's depiction of characters' speech. For example, the man in the Grand Army suit at the train station speaks in a...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2020, 12:44 am (UTC)

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The Sculptor's Funeral

The townspeople view success in a fairly standard and materialistic way. Is money being made? However, that said, there's also a kind of more humane quality, one that supports family and community....

Latest answer posted April 22, 2008, 9:41 am (UTC)

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The Sculptor's Funeral

The central conflict in "The Sculptor's Funeral" is that of the value of art vs. vulgar materialism. When the devoted protégé of the sculptor Harvey Merrick brings the casket containing his beloved...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2016, 6:13 pm (UTC)

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The Sculptor's Funeral

When Henry Steavens arrives in a small forsaken Kansas town with the casket of the accomplished sculptor Harvey Merrick, his mentor, Steavens is rather perplexed that such a barren environment was...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2015, 7:59 am (UTC)

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The Sculptor's Funeral

As in many of Willa Cather's stories, the relationship between the artist and society falls under examination. The artistic Harvey Merrick left his small community in rural Kansas where he was...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2015, 2:37 am (UTC)

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The Sculptor's Funeral

Much like Willa Cather's other stories,"The Sculptor's Funeral" has as its theme the relationship between the artist and society, a relationship that imposes much sacrifice upon the artist who...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2014, 4:45 am (UTC)

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Henry Steavens, an apprentice and great admirer of the sculptor Harvey Merrick, accompanies the body of his mentor to the small Kansas town of Merrick's youth. When the train carrying Merrick in...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2016, 11:55 am (UTC)

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The sculptor's mother has a violent face when she cries over her son's casket, when she interacts with her husband, and when she scolds her maid. When Steavens, who has ridden with the hearse,...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2016, 4:20 am (UTC)

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The Sculptor's Funeral

Jim Laird's anger and bitterness are closely connected to Willa Cather's signature themes: The plight of the gifted artist in conflict with pettiness and social preference for convention, and the...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2013, 7:33 am (UTC)

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The Sculptor's Funeral

Willa Cather was born on December 7, 1873 in Back Creek Valley near Gore, Virginia. Her father was a farmer. In 1883, her family moved to Red Cloud, Nebraska, where she lived until she moved to...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2010, 11:14 am (UTC)

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The Sculptor's Funeral

Henry Steavens notices that the red-bearded lawyer, Jim Laird, is the only man who genuinely appreciates the talent and understands the merit of the sculptor, Harvey Merrick. Not long after he...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2016, 3:54 pm (UTC)

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The Sculptor's Funeral

One could argue that Mrs. Merrick, the late sculptor's mother, is the most forceful member of the family. She dominates everyone around her with her violent, domineering personality. For good...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2018, 10:47 am (UTC)

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