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Shoeless Joe

The premise of having to "ease Salinger's pain" is challenging, to say the least. One reason why this is so difficult is that the message is so very vague. At the time, Ray only assumes that it...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2009 9:09 pm UTC

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Most would consider the setting of Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella to be a rural farm in Iowa. It is a stereotypical farm setting with fields and fields of corn, an inviting farmhouse in the...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2015 7:32 pm UTC

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In W.P. Kinsella’s novel Shoeless Joe, the character J.D. Salinger (the famed author of The Catcher in the Rye) is sought out by the protagonist, struggling farmer Ray Kinsella, after he hears a...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2018 8:54 pm UTC

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Shoeless Joe is Canadian author W. P. Kinsella's first book, published in 1982. The story is about Ray Kinsella, who has a mystical experience when he hears an otherworldly voice instructing him to...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018 12:37 am UTC

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Figurative language is an overall term used to describe various types of writing techniques that authors use to make their writing more interesting and more descriptive. Kinsella's text in Shoeless...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2013 12:30 am UTC

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The popular film Field of Dreams was based on W.P. Kinsella's 1982 novel Shoeless Joe. In the book, Ray Kinsella experiences "magic" in his field, hearing a voice advising that "if you build it,...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2012 3:45 am UTC

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I think that there can be a couple of moments where the climax can be seen. I think that the moment in which Karin falls down and is about to take a fatal turn is a moment where the emotional and...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2012 1:44 pm UTC

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Magical realism is the use of supernatural elements in an otherwise normal and ordered world. In Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella (the novel that was the basis of the film Field of Dreams), the main...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2016 3:34 pm UTC

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In Shoeless Joe, the author goes more deeply into the background of Ray Kinsella and his relationship with his father. In delving into the Kinsella family past we are also introduced to two...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2008 8:24 am UTC

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W.P. Kinsella’s novel Shoeless Joe is more widely known in its film adaptation, Field of Dreams. This novel fits the magical realism genre because fantasy elements are presented in a realistic way....

Latest answer posted May 12, 2016 2:29 pm UTC

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Though the protagonist of William Patrick Kinsella's 1982 novel, Shoeless Joe, is middle-aged, the novel resembles a bildungsroman to the extent that Ray encounters a series of obstacles to...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2018 4:18 am UTC

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As your question stated, W. P. Kinsella’s novel Shoeless Joe deals with the theme of fathers and sons. Ray Kinsella, the narrator and main character, feels connected to his father through baseball....

Latest answer posted November 20, 2018 3:37 am UTC

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Kinsella's novel has some significant differences than the film. The most obvious is that J.D. Salinger is not present. Terrence Mann is the author who has become disenchanted with modern life....

Latest answer posted August 3, 2011 12:03 pm UTC

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W.P. Kinsella's 1982 novel Shoeless Joe was famously adapted as Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner, and is considered a classic work. Ray Kinsella, who is a baseball devotee, hears the voice...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2012 7:10 am UTC

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In Shoeless Joe, while Ray's father Johnny died twenty years prior to the events of the novel, his influence is felt through Ray's love of baseball. Without that love, ingrained from a young age,...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2012 11:30 pm UTC

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The basic conflict that exists between Ray and Mark embodies two different ways of looking at the world. Mark sees things in absolute and materialist terms. Being a businessman, Mark values...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2013 12:48 am UTC

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Annie's primary role is to be a source of support for Ray. She tirelessly supports Ray's endeavors of building the field and acting upon his own notion of the good. While the rest of the town...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2014 3:23 pm UTC

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First, in the passage, there are a few examples of figurative language. Ray says that the pitcher's mound "rocked like a cradle when I stood on it." This is a simile (a comparison of two unalike...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2018 11:23 pm UTC

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Shoeless Joe was actually the basis for one of the most popular baseball movies of all time: Field of Dreams. The story is about a man who hears a voice telling him to build a baseball field in the...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2018 1:31 pm UTC

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You might already be familiar with the story of Shoeless Joe, as the book by W. P. Kinsella inspired the movie Field of Dreams. In the book, Ray Kinsella gets three messages from legendary baseball...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2018 9:12 pm UTC

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In W. P. Kinsella's Shoeless Joe, we can find evidence of Ray's simple lifestyle in several places in the first chapter. He presents himself straightforwardly as a simple but passionate man. He is...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018 2:54 am UTC

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Ray Kinsella, the protagonist of Shoeless Joe, embarks on the archetypal hero's journey. He heeds the call to adventure when he hears the voice of an announcer telling him "to build it" and "he...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2018 1:29 am UTC

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Shoeless Joe is Canadian author W. P. Kinsella's 1982 novel about a baseball-devoted farmer who is inspired to build a baseball park in the middle of his corn field. Despite its grounding in sport,...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2018 1:56 am UTC

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As the book starts, the narrator, Ray, is sitting in a field that he describes in the following way: "In reality, all anyone else could see out there in front of me was a tattered lawn of mostly...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2016 2:20 pm UTC

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I would assert that the thematic link present is that reality is largely defined by the ability to see what can be as opposed to what is. The driving force in the novel is Ray's desire to...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2009 7:55 am UTC

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The manner in which Kinsella depicts baseball shows some of the strongest examples of selflessness in Shoeless Joe. The game of baseball is shown to be bigger than the individual. Baseball is able...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2016 1:41 pm UTC

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Magical realism (also called magic realism) is a literary movement often associated with Latin-American authors. Magical realism attempts to establish a realistic setting in which fantastic or...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2016 8:59 pm UTC

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This quote is significant because it describes how the ball field will pay for itself. Just as the field has embodied so many dreams for Ray and brought so much peace for him, the quote alludes to...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2013 12:24 am UTC

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One of the most significant things about the meeting between Gypsy and Ray is its embrace of mystery and the unexplainable in consciousness. The story is predicated upon the belief in that which...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2013 12:09 am UTC

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I think that the examination of the father and son relationship in the work might lie with the exploration of baseball as a medium to connect generations. Both Ray and his father might have...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2011 7:40 am UTC

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Initially, Richard cannot see the ball field. He does not believe. Even though his girlfriend is a believer in that which is not there and someone who "sees" what is not evident to others, Richard...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2013 12:04 am UTC

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W.P. Kinsella's Shoeless Joe, the inspiration behind the blockbuster film Field of Dreams, can be analyzed through a psychoanalytic lens with some interesting and insightful outcomes. Here are...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2018 3:59 pm UTC

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Ray Kinsella is the protagonist and narrator of this story. He "fits in" to the story because the story is his. As a husband and father, he loves his family more than anything, though he is not...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2010 2:41 am UTC

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The message evident in the field becoming a place for second chances is that redemption is possible. The baseball field becomes a place where individuals who come to it find their second...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2013 11:31 pm UTC

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The first, and most obvious second chance is the one afforded to Shoeless Joe Jackson. Getting a chance to play baseball again, after being banned, and after being dead, is more of a third chance....

Latest answer posted January 10, 2015 6:30 pm UTC

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Ray Kinsella's birthstone is a diamond. This is fitting because baseball is played on a diamond-shaped field. Ray is a baseball fanatic. When he asks himself why he would want to carry out the...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2015 3:10 pm UTC

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There are several examples of selflessness in Shoeless Joe. Annie, Ray's wife, is particularly selfless, as she allows him to build a baseball field on their farm. She tells him, "Oh, love, if it...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2016 3:50 pm UTC

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In W. P. Kinsella's Shoeless Joe, we’re looking for evidence of the character J. D. Salinger helping Ray realize that the newly constructed baseball field can bring income to the family. We’ll find...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018 1:50 pm UTC

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Kinsella's work is five chapters. There is a structure to the manner in which the chapters are constructed. The first one establishes the basic exposition of the novel, in that the ball field is...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2011 8:18 pm UTC

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Ray Kinsella is the main character. He is impractical; he is an idealist, a dreamer. He was close to his father and one of the strong bonds between them was based on baseball. Among his wife and...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2014 7:44 pm UTC

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Enotes has wonderful guides and study tools for the book "Shoeless Joe," and I provided several links to them below. Check them out, because I think that they will be super helpful. If you haven't...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2009 10:19 am UTC

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W. P. Kinsella's 1982 novel Shoeless Joe contains many allusions to the work of J. D. Salinger. The most obvious is that Shoeless Joe's main character, Ray Kinsella, kidnaps Salinger, who acts as...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2018 5:56 pm UTC

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The epigraph of the book is a quote from Robert Kennedy: "Some men see things as they are, and say why, I dream of things that never were, and say why not." This quote is relevant to the book...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2017 12:57 pm UTC

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At first, Ray completes only one section of the field, left field, and at that point, shadowy, ethereal figures of the disgraced Unlucky Eight (banned from baseball after their involvement in a...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2012 6:12 pm UTC

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Ray, the protagonist in Shoeless Joe, and Santiago, the protagonist in The Alchemist, are similar to the prophets of the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Islam, Christianity). Like these prophets, who...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2018 4:14 am UTC

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Ray's brother-in-law, Mark, is a professor at the University of Iowa, specializing in all aspects of the corn weevil situation. His business partner is a guy named Bluestein, and together they own...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2009 8:25 am UTC

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Karin possesses the gift of imagination. Her ability to see and announce the players on the field is reflective of a capacity that is of this world, but not subjected to it. She has the...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2013 11:40 pm UTC

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Two of Ray's challenges are closely related: becoming a more responsible, practical person and creating financial stability for his family. A different type of challenge is also related to the...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2018 2:47 pm UTC

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One thesis statement in describing the characterization of Salinger is to discuss how he might serve as what Doc Graham would call "a magnet." When Doc meets Ray in Minnesota, he asks Ray whether...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2013 12:21 am UTC

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The original question had to be edited. Karin's role is significant. On one level, her imagination enables her to see the baseball game. When others cannot, Karin can. This helps to illuminate...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2013 1:55 am UTC

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