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The Tale of Despereaux

The first conflict in The Tale of Despereaux is between Despereaux and the other mice. The book follows many of the conventions of fairy tales, one of which is the "ugly duckling" story of the...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020 8:02 pm UTC

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Despereaux Tilling's parents represent the two primary ways that parents can betray their children, first with physical harm and secondly with neglect. Despereaux's father, Lester, informs the...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2016 5:10 am UTC

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Awhile back the Kingdom was celebrating Royal Soup Day and a rat named Roscuro fell into a bowl of soup killing the queen. After this incident rats and soup are banned from the kingdom. Despereaux,...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2018 4:19 pm UTC

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I would say the main problem was that of being different from the other mice in appearance and in interests. His difference makes others pick on him and deem him unworthy to be a mouse. In his...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2010 4:46 am UTC

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Despereaux saves Princess Pea from Roscuro's plot by going to the princess and Mig and then helping them convince Roscuro to let them go. After Roscuro, a rat, frightened Pea's mother to death, Pea...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2019 9:17 pm UTC

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In The Tale of Despereaux there are three important plot events. First, Despereaux unexpectedly meets the Princess Pea when searching for what sounds like honey. He follows the music of the king's...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2016 4:58 pm UTC

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"Chiaroscuro" is an art term describing a high contrast between shade and lightness in a painting or drawing. Chiaroscuro, the rat, was named this by his parents because they liked to have fun and...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2016 10:42 pm UTC

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Well, considering that Despereaux is a mouse full of problems, answering this question is a pretty tough task, ... or perhaps I should say a tough quest. Therefore, considering your question is...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2011 12:13 pm UTC

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The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux is a story about a young mouse who acts more like a human than a mouse. Despereaux is in love with the concepts of bravery and altruism. This leads to him falling in love...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2016 5:10 am UTC

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The Tale of Despereaux

The plot of The Tale of Despereaux is both simple, in that it can be summarized in two main words, and complex, as it deals with both the physical and emotional worlds of the characters. The...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2016 7:28 pm UTC

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Although I am confused as to what it means to "make five main summary" for the book, I am happy to provide a summary with at least five plot points for you. Desperaux is a mouse who is born and...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2015 4:12 pm UTC

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One conflict that readers learn about early on in the book is Despereaux's sense of identity. He is a very different mouse, and he stands out because of it; however, he doesn't stand out in a good...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2019 9:45 pm UTC

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While in the dungeon, Despereaux comforted himself by telling stories. In the story, Despereaux was born an odd mouse with unusual physical features. He had unusually large ears and an extremely...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2015 6:31 pm UTC

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I believe the meaning of life for Despereaux can be summarized in a phrase he says often to the Princess Pea: "I honor you." His whole goal in life is to honor, as a courtly knight to his fair...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2016 5:20 pm UTC

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It is so tempting to give a desperately simple answer here: Princess Pea walks up the stairs and out of the dungeon because Roscuro, the rat, leads her out. And so, here are the words that the...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2011 12:39 pm UTC

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The word "perfidy" means to be untrustworthy or deceitful. Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines perfidy as being disloyal or unfaithful and it is a synonym for treachery. Although chapter 13...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2016 4:51 am UTC

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One major theme in The Tale of Despereaux is a common theme in a lot of stories. That theme is the theme of light and dark and what each represents. Obviously The Tale of Despereaux is it's own...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2015 1:30 pm UTC

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Furlough and Despereaux are mouse brothers who live in a strict mouse community. Furlough betrays Despereaux at the start of the story. Despereaux loves to read and is particularly engrossed with a...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2019 6:25 pm UTC

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A line in chapter 36 sums up Mig's reaction to the ill-conceived plan that the rat presented to her. "But Miggery Sow, as I pointed out to you before, was not the sharpest knife in the drawer."...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2016 5:15 am UTC

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Botticelli, the evil, one-eyed rat, is constitutionally incapable of helping anyone but himself. This is one bad rat we're dealing with here. So when he offers to lead Despereaux to Princess Pea,...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2018 12:12 pm UTC

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In The Tale Of Despereaux, Miggery Sow has been made a servant at the castle after a soldier informs Uncle that the law no longer allows anyone in the Kingdom of Dor to own a slave. One day,...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2015 5:54 pm UTC

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In The Tale of Despereaux Botticelli's character personifies pure evil, unfettered by a conscience. Other characters in the story display evil qualities and tendencies, but nearly all possess some...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016 6:35 pm UTC

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The word “perfidy” is defined as “being faithless or disloyal,” so it is easy to understand why this word comes to Despereaux’s mind as he is being led to the dungeon. Perfidy underlies this entire...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2019 3:48 am UTC

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Chiaraoscuro is a term mostly used in art for the way the artist uses light and shade in a painting or picture. It is associated with Rembrandt, whose variations in the use of light and shade are...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2008 12:08 pm UTC

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This book is full of great quotes relating to the life lessons Dicamillo offers readers. One such quote is "The meaning of life is suffering, especially the suffering of others." This quote,...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2008 9:11 am UTC

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One section that deals with light occurs in chapter 3. Remember, in this chapter, Despereaux’s siblings are trying to teach him how to act like a proper mouse. Despereaux isn’t paying much...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2020 2:44 pm UTC

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Your question works so well with the beginning of the very last chapter of this wonderful novel: But the question you want answered, I know, is did they live happily ever after? Yes ... and no....

Latest answer posted November 21, 2011 1:06 pm UTC

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Cook is a self-proclaimed hater of mice. In speaking of her policy when it comes to mice in her kitchen, Cook tells Miggery Sow: If they're alive, kill them. If they're dead, kill them. That way...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2021 11:43 am UTC

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I would say that the main problem in The Tale of Despereaux is the hope for things that we cannot have. The root of Despereaux's name is the Latin verb sperare, which means "to hope." Sometimes, we...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2011 9:30 am UTC

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In The Tale of Desperaux, author Kate DiCamillo suspends disbelief by talking directly to the reader. In the short note that prefaces the book, DiCamillo writes, The world is dark, and light is...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2018 1:03 am UTC

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The author included recurrent elements of hope especially for the protagonist in the story. The protagonist was faced by a myriad challenges since birth but not without the chance of survival. Hope...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2015 11:15 am UTC

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Enotes now has a complete set of chapter summaries for this wonderful novel. Here is a link for you: http://www.enotes.com/tale-despereaux/chapters-1-2-summary Note the rest of the summary links...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2011 11:45 am UTC

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The Tale of Despereaux

The falling action of any story occurs between the climax and the resolution, and it winds down the tension that is strongest during the climax of the story. In The Tale of Despereaux, the falling...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2018 11:01 pm UTC

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Desperaux has just too many differences from the "typical" mouse. He's small, his ears are too big, he was born with his eyes open, he hears music, fall in love with a human, allows one to touch...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2010 11:23 pm UTC

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There is one phrase Despereaux utters over and over again to the Princess Pea: "I honor you!" He first hears of this phrase when reading a massive book in the library about a knight who saves a...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016 5:55 pm UTC

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The previous post leaves out most of Despereaux's quest to rescue Princess Pea from the dungeon! [Gasp!] Despereaux actually CHOOSES to go back to the dungeon to rescue his true love. Hoping to...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2011 1:16 pm UTC

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Princess Pea promises Roscuro to order the cook to make him some soup if he leads her, Mig, Botticelli, and Despereaux out of the dungeon and back into the light of the castle. Roscuro had taken...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2019 5:29 pm UTC

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Despereaux's goal in The Tale of Despereaux is quite simple: to save the Princess Pea no matter the cost. After hearing of Roscuro's evil plan when traveling back up to the world of light in Mig's...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2016 4:34 pm UTC

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You can get a summary without a subscription by asking for it in a question. However a summary is well worth the price! In order to see a full summary, you do need to be a subscriber. If you do...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2014 2:07 am UTC

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Each chapter is told by a different character. As such, we see how Despereaux feels as compared to Chiascuro. Then the human characters show how they perceive things. This helps the reader identify...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2010 6:48 am UTC

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In The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo dramatically pictures darkness several times. When Despereaux is brought before the Mouse Council to answer charges of associating with the humans, he...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2020 6:52 pm UTC

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In the story, Lester and Furlough are members of Despereaux Tilling's family. Lester is Despereaux's father, while Furlough is Despereaux's brother. Furlough and Lester are similar in terms of...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017 6:07 pm UTC

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Despereaux one day discovers the source of the wonderful sound he has been hearing and which he thinks sounds "like heaven." The sound comes from the princess's bedroom, where the princess's father...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2021 12:18 pm UTC

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The Tale of Despereaux

Hello! What an interesting twist on a question most people ask. Kate Dicamillo has weaved for her readers a fantastic and wonderful tale about treachery, courage, and love. In the mouse world,...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2015 2:34 pm UTC

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The Tale of Despereaux

In The Tale of Despereaux, a mouse falls in love with a human princess, is cast out of the mouse community in punishment for breaking the rules, suffers the darkness of the dungeon, and eventually...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2021 6:46 pm UTC

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