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Teenage Wasteland

The thoughts and speech of other characters is one technique used in indirect characterization. Keep in mind that in this short story, it is one of the most important modes of indirect...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2011 5:17 am UTC

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Understanding Point of View (POV) in any work is essential to understanding the piece. POV can consist of the first person, "I," narration, where the reader or audience knows exactly how...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2008 11:50 pm UTC

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Teenage Wasteland

At the beginning of Anne Tyler's 1983 short story "Teenage Wasteland," we meet the main character, Donny, as a very young child. He is described as having "very blond hair—almost white—cut shorter...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2019 4:59 pm UTC

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In “Teenage Wasteland” by Anne Tyler, the main character, Daisy, struggles with her son’s lack of academic motivation and his increasingly significant at-risk behaviors. The author portrays Daisy...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2018 5:59 pm UTC

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Mrs. Coble, known throughout most of the story as Daisy, is characterized as a mother preoccupied with her son's poor performance at school. She seems to think of little else, and as a result, is...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2019 12:33 pm UTC

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Donny could easily be classified as a troubled teenager. However, it is important to note that none of Donny's actions are actually witnessed by the audience. They are all only spoken about...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2011 5:27 am UTC

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In Anne Tyler’s story, the thoughts and feelings presented are primarily those of Daisy Coble, Donny’s mother. By emphasizing the adult concerns, Tyler indicates the gulf between mother and son in...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2019 4:47 am UTC

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In Anne Tyler's story "Teenage Wasteland," Daisy and Donny share several characteristics. Both of them have difficulty with self-esteem and self-confidence, for instance. Donny, at fifteen, wants...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2021 6:24 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the story, Donny attends an unnamed private school, whose principal is Mr. Lanham. At his suggestion, Donny begins private tutoring with Cal, but contines to attend the private...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2011 5:44 am UTC

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On the surface, it would seem that Donny and Paul have more differences than similarities. What connects them, however, are their mothers. Both women are unfulfilled and inadequate; both feel...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2018 12:33 pm UTC

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