Literary Techniques

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The narrative technique of Dolores Claiborne is very postmodern. The entire novel is an unbroken monologue in Dolores's voice as if it...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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The novel has two great strengths that make it accessible to a variety of topics and discussion groups. First is its trenchant examination of...

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Social Concerns

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While in Dolores Claiborne King does not dabble in direct social criticism and mainstream attacks on male power in society, he...

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Literary Precedents

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The plot of Dolores Claiborne itself is rather ordinary; Joe's murder is typical of mainstream fiction regarding marital violence,...

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Related Titles

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Despite its realistic rather than supernatural context and plot, Dolores Claiborne does have a supernatural connection to Gerald's...

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In 1995, Taylor Hackford directed a cinematic Dolores Claiborne, which was adapted from the novel by Tony Gilroy. While the movie has...

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