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The Umbrella Man

In the short story "The Umbrella Man" by Roald Dahl, a 12-year-old girl and her mother stop in at a cafe for a snack after a visit to the dentist. By the time they are finished and step outside, it...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2020, 5:42 pm (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

The theme of "The Umbrella Man" is the gullible nature of people. Dahl's story describes how a man is able to manipulate even skeptical people such as the mother of the narrator who, she declares,...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2016, 11:11 am (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

Red herring is one of the most dominant devices author Roald Dahl uses to craft his short story "The Umbrella Man." A red herring is a type of literary device used in narration to distract a reader...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2016, 8:01 am (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

In “The Umbrella Man” by Roald Dahl, the narrator’s 34 year old mother has taken her twelve-year-old daughter to the dentist. The two did not have an umbrella with them so the girl’s mother...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2012, 3:05 pm (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

The mother and daughter learn they have both been deceived about the little old man with the umbrella. The man's deception of the woman is rather cleverly accomplished: He tells the narrator's...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2016, 6:54 am (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

The whole story is told from the point of view of the narrator, who is a twelve-year-old girl. This "minor character as narrator" technique enables the author to describe both the mother and the...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2015, 6:39 am (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

The setting of Roald Dahl's short story "The Umbrella Man" is the city of London. The narrator, a 12-year-old girl, explains that she was there with her mother to see the dentist. Yesterday...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2017, 10:46 pm (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

I assume your question refers to "The Umbrella Man" by Roald Dahl and so I have edited the question accordingly. This excellent short story focuses on one old man and how he manages to keep himself...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2011, 9:03 am (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

In “The Umbrella Man,” the narrator—a twelve-year-old girl—and her mother make a trip into England’s capital city. My mother took me up to London to see the dentist. He found one hole. It was in a...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2021, 8:51 pm (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

You need to consider the way that the mother is presented through what she says and does. In this excellent short story she is initially suspicious of the old man, being distrustful of strange men....

Latest answer posted April 25, 2011, 8:40 pm (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

I can understand why the Umbrella Man behaves the way he does, but I cannot condone it. After all, he isn't stealing umbrellas because he is hungry. He spends his ill-gotten gains on triple shots...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2013, 10:18 pm (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

When it comes to strange men, the narrator's mother has a golden rule: the nicer a man seems to be, the more suspicious you must become. As the umbrella man does indeed seem very nice, she is...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2020, 10:37 am (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

I am guessing that your question refers to Roald Dahl's short story "The Umbrella Man," although you did not specify it in your question. The old man goes into The Red Lion pub and buys a triple...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2012, 4:13 pm (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

Initially, the old gentleman with the umbrella makes a particularly positive impression on our narrator in Roald Dahl’s short story. She describes the old man in flattering terms, referring to the...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2021, 9:29 am (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

Dahl seems to have an amazing gift for incorporating black humour and irony into his fiction to produce tales, that although are supposedly aimed at teenagers, equally appeal to adult...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2011, 3:28 am (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

To a great extent, the characters of "The Umbrella Man" are introduced with a touch of humor, setting the tone for the short story. The daughter, who is the narrator of the short story, proves to...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2021, 2:47 am (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

Although this story starts with a trip to the dentist, most of the story has nothing to do with our narrator's experience in the chair. It can be assumed that the reason this bit of background is...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2020, 11:25 am (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

At the beginning of the story, the narrator's mother insists on taking a cab, or taxi, to get back home. It is raining heavily, and the daughter wants to go back into the cafe and wait for the rain...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2020, 12:06 pm (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

At the beginning of the story the stranger approaches the narrator's mother and asks for a "small favour." The narrator describes her mother's initial reaction to the stranger as "very cool and...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2021, 9:18 am (UTC)

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The Umbrella Man

In this short story an old man stops a mother and child outside a café, and he asks the mother to buy an umbrella from him for just £1.oo. The umbrella is worth much more than this. In fact, the...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2021, 12:03 pm (UTC)

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In “The Umbrella Man,” the narrator (a twelve-year-old girl) and her mother encounter an elderly man who pretends to be feeble in order to gain their sympathy, sell the mother stolen goods, and use...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2021, 1:50 am (UTC)

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I would add that the mother is urbane. She doesn't live in London but must live in a nearby suburb. She is only suspicious because she has seen too much of people in the big city. Like any other...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2012, 4:49 pm (UTC)

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