A Summer Tragedy

by Arna Bontemps
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A Summer Tragedy

In the story, the first indication that Jeff and Jennie are planning to do something tragic occurs when Jennie asks Jeff to bring the car round in readiness for their departure. Jeff’s reaction...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2015, 4:50 pm (UTC)

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A Summer Tragedy

In the short story "A Summer Tragedy" by Arna Bontemps, an old Black couple, the Pattons, get dressed up in their finest clothes as if they are preparing going to church. They are sharecroppers...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2020, 2:27 am (UTC)

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A Summer Tragedy

Arna Bontemps' wonderful short story "A Summer Tragedy" uses many details to show the physical and psychological effects of sharecropping in the South. Bontemps' use of symbolism, imagery, and...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2015, 11:20 pm (UTC)

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A Summer Tragedy

The climax of "A Summer Tragedy" occurs at the moment that the car plunges down the steep incline into the river where the deep water flows rapidly: The movement was nearly as swift and direct as...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2016, 7:31 pm (UTC)

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A Summer Tragedy

The story begins in a small, dark log house amid "scores" of other tiny log houses like it, the homes of black sharecroppers. We learn their crop is cotton, meaning the story is set in the south....

Latest answer posted July 1, 2017, 12:39 pm (UTC)

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A Summer Tragedy

Jeff Patton and his wife have suffered a series of tragedies, and both have physical disabilities that prevent them from continuing work on the farm, particularly Jeff. As they drive to their...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2018, 3:22 pm (UTC)

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A Summer Tragedy

This one is going to be challenging. One of the strongest elements that is in the story is how suffering is part of what it means to be human and how all individuals possess some level of...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2011, 8:37 pm (UTC)

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A Summer Tragedy

The dominant theme of the story is one of suffering. Jeff and Jennie endure a life of suffering. To struggle in the condition of the South for two elderly people of color is embodiment of...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2013, 8:08 am (UTC)

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A Summer Tragedy

Major Stevenson is the owner of Greenbriar Plantation, where Jeff and Jennie Patton have lived and farmed as sharecroppers for forty-five years. He's a stingy old man who believes one mule is...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2008, 11:45 am (UTC)

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A Summer Tragedy

The idea of marginalization can be seen in a couple of ways in Bontemps' story. On one hand, there is a social marginalization of the Pattons that has happened. Being of color, relatively poor,...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2011, 4:52 am (UTC)

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A Summer Tragedy

Bontemps presents some very distinctive elements of life in the short story. I think that Bontemps is using elements of the stereotype to actually probe the depth of his characters into something...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2011, 8:20 pm (UTC)

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A Summer Tragedy

I think that Bontemps story demonstrates how it is the conditions of life for the old that represents the tragedy. This set of conditions is what causes the tragedy that unfolds. The "summer...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2013, 7:42 am (UTC)

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A Summer Tragedy

The social wrong that occurs in this story is the suicide of the two main characters. One might say that it is a murder-suicide, since only one person is driving the car.Jeff and Jennie Patton are...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2008, 11:05 pm (UTC)

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