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Winesburg, Ohio

As a recurring character in Sherwood Anderson's anthology of short stories Winesburg, Ohio, George Willard is a small-town boy who seeks a broader life experience than Winesburg can offer. As...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2019 7:57 pm UTC

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Winesburg, Ohio

Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio is a very interesting, albeit somewhat confusing book. Even the concept on "the grotesque," which acts as a motif throughout the book, is as difficult to fully...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2017 9:54 pm UTC

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Winesburg, Ohio

Published in 1919, Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson presents the lives of the residents of a small town through a series of related short stories. The main character who connects the stories is...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2019 8:32 pm UTC

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Winesburg, Ohio

Winesburg, Ohio, which was published in 1919, stands as a tremendously innovative and significant work in modern American literature. Sherwood Anderson created a new novel form in which a series of...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2010 9:33 am UTC

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Winesburg, Ohio

The introductory section to Sherwood Anderson’s book titled Winesburg, Ohio – a section labeled “The Book of the Grotesque” – lays out many of the key assumptions that underlie Anderson’s book as...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2011 3:27 pm UTC

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Interestingly, Sherwood Anderson prefaces his stories with a chapter entitled "The Book of the Grotesque" in which he implies that a grotesque character emerges when a man or woman takes one of the...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2012 1:30 am UTC

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Two characters in Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio who contrast with each other are George Willard and Elmer Cowley, in the story titled “Queer.” Both characters are young men whose fathers...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2012 2:57 am UTC

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I agree: any parallels between George and Elmer just aren't that interesting. Since there's a huge cast of characters in this book, let's try some other pairings. How about Louise and Emily?...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2016 2:17 am UTC

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Winesburg, Ohio

If there is a central character in “Winesburg, Ohio,” it would have to be George Willard. He appears in almost all the stories, either as the main character of the story or mentioned in the other...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2011 9:39 pm UTC

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Winesburg, Ohio

What an interesting question! Of course, to deem any part of a literary work as either the “worst” or the “best” is entirely subjective. Nonetheless, in order to offer up opinions on the subject,...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2019 3:33 am UTC

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George Willard, the most prominent and often recurring character in Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, matures in the midst of the various encounters he has with other characters throughout the course...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2011 12:29 pm UTC

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Winesburg, Ohio

Winesburg, Ohio is a collection of loosely connected stories whose central theme is the condition of alienation and isolation which characterizes the human experience. Sherwood Anderson calls his...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2010 3:35 pm UTC

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Winesburg, Ohio

In the story entitled, "An Awakening," by Sherwood Anderson in his collection, Winesburg, Ohio, George Willard awakens to his potential in life. He becomes caught up in a sense of who he can be,...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2011 7:19 am UTC

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Winesburg, Ohio

On the face of it, Sherwood Anderson presents us with a slice of old-fashioned Americana in introducing us to the small town of Winesburg, Ohio. Winesburg appears to be like many small Midwestern...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2021 10:08 am UTC

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In "The Book of Grotesque," Sherwood Anderson introduces his main character as an old man, the writer, George Willard. Willard asks the carpenter to raise his bed so that he can see the trees upon...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2014 5:00 am UTC

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There are several themes in Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson. As listed with eNotes, the three themes are "rite of passage," "isolation and alienation" and "doubt and ambiguity." A "theme" is...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2011 2:27 pm UTC

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Elizabeth Willard's legacy to her son George is twofold - the first is the desire to leave Winesburg in search of something better, and the second is the eight-hundred dollars she has been saving...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2011 7:46 am UTC

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"Sophistication" is one chapter of Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio. In this novel, the chapters are loosely organized and thematically connected so that in some ways it resembles a collection...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019 5:22 pm UTC

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Winesburg, Ohio

In the story entitled, "An Awakening," by Sherwood Anderson in his collection, Winesburg, Ohio, George Willard's maturation is short-lived. He is initially carried away with this "awakening" of his...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2011 3:00 pm UTC

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Winesburg, Ohio

Sherwood Anderson’s 1919 work Winesburg, Ohio can alternatively be described as either a novel composed of short vignettes or a series of linked short stories. In either case, it is known for its...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2019 5:01 pm UTC

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One key passage in Sherwood Anderson’s book Winesburg, Ohio that helps explain the purpose of the work appears in an introductory section of the work titled “The Book of the Grotesque.” In that...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2011 2:53 pm UTC

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There are a number of characters in Sherwood Anderson'sWinesburg, Ohio. As there are several parts, you will want to thoroughly read eNotes' character descriptions, but here are a few: In the...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2011 12:02 pm UTC

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Enoch Robinson, of course, is a fictional character, but in the context of the story, most of the events in his life, including his time with the artists in New York and his marriage, are meant to...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2008 4:14 pm UTC

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Sherwood Anderson’s book Winesburg, Ohio lacks a single or simple plot, since this work is a collection of interlocked short stories rather than being a novel per se. As the title suggests, the...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2011 2:23 pm UTC

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Anyone seeking a single paragraph in Sherwood Anderson’s book Winesburg, Ohio that sums up the main theme of the entire work should turn to the book’s introductory section, which is titled “The...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2011 3:51 pm UTC

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In his writings, Anderson refers to the stories in "Winesburg, Ohio" as "simple little tales of happenings, things observed and felt" (1). He says that in writing the book,...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2008 5:53 pm UTC

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There are multiple mentions of walls throughout the novel Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson. Even the physical walls can often be interpreted as metaphorical walls in many instances. In...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016 8:58 pm UTC

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