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The Way Up to Heaven

The theme of "The Way Up to Heaven" is essentially revenge. Mr. Foster has been secretly tormenting his wife for years with his procrastination and deliberate delays. She doesn't resent his...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2016 5:00 pm UTC

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The Way Up to Heaven

The title of the story indicates that Mrs. Foster's way to heaven on earth is to kill her husband (send him to heaven) by leaving him trapped between floors going upstairs in their New York home's...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2020 12:48 pm UTC

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The Way Up to Heaven

The author begins by explaining that Mrs. Foster, a nervous, hypersensitive woman, has a phobia about being late. All her life, Mrs. Foster had had an almost pathological fear of missing a train,...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2013 10:33 pm UTC

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The Way Up to Heaven

The first time Mrs. Foster is described as nervous, Roald Dahl uses the word "pathological" to describe her fear, driving home how serious a nervous condition she has. It only applies to her...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019 8:43 pm UTC

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The Way Up to Heaven

Mrs. Foster is presented as a submissive, patient, anxious woman at the beginning of the story. She could easily be compared with Mary Maloney in Roald Dahl's perfect-crime story "Lamb to the...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2015 3:38 pm UTC

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The Way Up to Heaven

The basic irony in the story "The Way Up to Heaven" is situational irony. Mr. Foster knows full well that his wife has a pathological fear of being late for any occasion. He takes a sadistic...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2016 12:55 am UTC

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The Way Up to Heaven

A common theme in Roald Dahl's short stories is that of revenge on an overbearing or insensitive partner. Mr. Foster in "The Way Up to Heaven" has been rather more than that. He has been...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2019 4:45 pm UTC

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The Way Up to Heaven

In The Way Up To Heaven, the story changes when Mrs. Forster undergoes a mental and emotional transformation. The metamorphosis from long-suffering wife to confident matriarch is supported by Roald...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2015 4:51 pm UTC

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The Way Up to Heaven

Mrs Foster has a phobia and an obsession with being on time for everything. At the beginning of the story we learn that her husband has a penchant for the opposite: He likes to arrive late or leave...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2010 1:20 am UTC

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The Way Up to Heaven

Mrs. Foster has had "an almost pathological fear of missing a train, a plane, a boat, or even a theatre curtain," according to the narrator. Her husband is a secret sadist. He torments her by...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2015 1:02 am UTC

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The Way Up to Heaven

There are three interwoven themes in "The Way Up To Heaven." They might be called: "The perfect crime," "Revenge," and "The worm turns." They might also be categorized as sub-genres of murder...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2013 8:47 pm UTC

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The Way Up to Heaven

In Roald Dahl's short story "The Way Up to Heaven," the author describes Mrs. Foster's inner conflict in some detail. He says at the beginning of the narrative that she is not a nervous woman in...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2021 1:02 am UTC

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The Way Up to Heaven

“The Way Up To Heaven” is a perfect-crime story. The main theme is the commission of a perfect murder. A supplementary theme involves Mrs Foster's “pathological fear” of being late and her...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2013 10:40 am UTC

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The Way Up to Heaven

Roald Dahl's short story "The Way Up to Heaven" is set in New York City, probably around or slightly before the time the story was first published, in The New Yorker, in 1954. The main setting for...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2021 8:39 pm UTC

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The Way Up to Heaven

When Mrs. Foster finds the package for which her husband has ostensibly gone to search, she rushes out of the car and is about to open the front door when she stops and listens intently. She stands...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 7:18 am UTC

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The Way Up to Heaven

The Way Up to Heaven, is such a clever short story. It is a story about meanness and revenge. It makes the reader have to guess about what may have happened. This is what makes such a great story....

Latest answer posted November 29, 2014 1:43 pm UTC

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The Way Up to Heaven

The text does not directly address why the Fosters live in such a big house. It appears that the Fosters live in a big house as a matter of preference. Also, the Fosters' affluence provides them...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2017 9:46 pm UTC

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