We Have Always Lived in the Castle Questions and Answers

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

The novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson describes the life of three family members of the Blackwood family who have been isolated from their Vermont community. The novel is...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019 8:52 pm UTC

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle

The original question had to be edited down. I would suggest that feminism is presented in the novel as a response to the repression and cruelty found in the world around the sisters. Merricat...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2013 1:30 pm UTC

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle

The children see a song about poisoning to terrorize Merricat by recalling her family history. The worst incident in Merricat’s life was the time her family sat down to dinner and it turned out to...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2016 10:13 pm UTC

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle

The Blackwood family has lived in their household for generations, so they are very well-known in the community. However, the novel begins six years after the family was poisoned with arsenic. The...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2018 8:19 pm UTC

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Constance is fearful, careful, and beautiful. In some ways she is the only normal one in the family. Constance is a very fearful person. She never leaves the house. Someone had to go to the...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2015 10:00 pm UTC

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle

In Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle, the characters of Constance and Mary Catherine (Merricat) are both complicated. At the start of the novel, they've been fending for...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2020 9:47 pm UTC

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle

The original question had to be edited. I would say that at the end of the novel, Merricat and Constance view their home as a new start. The physical description of the house at the end as a...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2013 1:35 pm UTC

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