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What was the plot, the setting, and the conflict of "The Waltz" by Dorothy Parker?

These are all tightly tied together. The setting of "The Waltz" is a dance—it is a location, a time, and an activity, all at once. The conflict is between the internal desires of the female main...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2007 9:04 am UTC

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Who are the main characters in "The Waltz"? What are the literary terms in the short story and why are they used?

The main character of the story is the unnamed narrator, the protagonist. She is a young woman who is asked to dance by a man who is absurdly terrible at dancing. This man is the only other...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2019 12:52 pm UTC

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What can be a good thesis statement for "The Waltz"?

I think that a good thesis statement for the waltz would be: "The Waltz" is an allegorical tale that uses a seemingly simple dance by a couple to discuss the intricacies of 20th century...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2007 7:08 am UTC

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What is the conclusion of "The Waltz"?

That's a slippery question. The specific dance that the narrator is talking about (and suffering through) ends, but the story doesn't really conclude. Instead, it loops back to the beginning for a...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2007 8:25 am UTC

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What is an allegorical topic that could be taken from Dorothy Parker's short story "The Waltz" to be used in a 300...

One way to interpret this story is to consider the waltz, the dance itself, as an allegory for marriage. The double voice of the story represents the speaker's social persona and her internal...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2013 4:01 am UTC

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Why doesn't the narrator want to dance?

First and foremost, the narrator of "The Waltz" doesn't want to dance with anyone, not just the man she ends up dancing with. The main reason seems to be that she's in a fit of depression. She...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020 11:04 am UTC

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What is an introduction to The Waltz?

Do you mean, "what is an introduction to The Waltz?" I think that a good introduction to the book would be in talking about its themes. Some themes for The Waltz include conformity to social...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2007 6:13 am UTC

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Can anyone tell me of a site where I can get the full edition of Dorothy Parker's short story "The Waltz" free?

"The Waltz," is Parker's most re-published story, but I doubt you will find an on-line copy free. It is still under copyright and can't legally be put on-line. However, if you are close to a...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2009 1:10 am UTC

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