English 103 - "Araby" and "Miss Brill"

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How do tragedies end compared to comedies? Modernist stories? tragedies end in death while comedies end in a wedding. modernism stories are supposed to be slices of life with no great, unforgettable tail. Instead they may end with no resolution but with a new way of thinking or an epiphany for a character
How did the Author of "Araby" describe Dublin? he talked about it in a state of paralysis. Everything was dusty and gloomy. Nothing moved quickly or changed much with time, demonstrating the unchanging theme in most modernist stories
When the main character describes his friends sister, what can we tell about what she is like and how he sees her. he has his first crush. He describes her as angelic in the light as well as graceful, feminine, and beautiful. There is a sensuality that confirms his feels when he describes her form
How do his ideas about faith and how he sees the sister mix together? both of the charcters have had a religious education and we can see references to Christianity throughout the story. He seems to associate the sister wiht angels and holiness, mixing up romantic attraction and religious devotion. He talks about saying her name like a prayer and folding his hands when he thinks about her.
What do we know about the boys imagination? he has a chivalric imagination. He images himself as a knight coming home with a prize, likely to impress the sister.
when he talks to the sister about going to the bazaar, how does he describe her here? there is a lot of white, farther showing him associating her with angels. also suggestion at sexuality when he describesthe curve of her neck and the veiw of her petticoat, but not a blatant sexuality.
When the boy goesto the bazaar, he overhears a conversation between a young women and two men. Why does this conversation effect him? the conversation is flirtatious and adult-like. He realizes that the sister that he admire doesn't talk to him like that. She doesnt flirt with him. also this kind of conversation comes from the adult world which he doesnt understand yet, him still being in the awkward stage when he can't talk to the girl he likes.
What is significant about the lights going out in the bazaar? light has been a symbol of hope as well as a symbol for the sister. When the lights go out it shows that the boy has lost hope and perhaps knows that he cant have a relationship with his friends sister
How is the narrating different in "Miss Brill"? the story is in third person but also uses free indirect speech or free indirect discourse meaning the narrator talks as Miss Brill's thoughts
What can we tell about the characters feelings and relationships? she puts so much energy and thought into her fox stole and into the stories of others that we can see she is actually quite lonely and is distracting herself. Also she describes the old, dusty people in the park but seems unaware the she is part of that group. She spends a lot of time in the story trying to displace her feelings of sadness
How does miss Brill see herself? How does she interpret her part in life? she imagines herself as more important then other people see her. Even thought she doesn't seem to be effecting much around her, she pretends she is part of a play and her part is very important, that someone would notice if she wasn't there.
How is miss Brill similar to the fox fur? What does the fur represent? the fox fur represents miss Brill herself. It is old and shabby but life can still be breathed into it. The fox fur is a way for miss Brill to put her feelings on something else, represented when she says she thought he heard it crying at the end of the story. Instead of dealing her own feelings, she passes them to an inanimate object
How are the two stories similar? both show a loss of innocenct, the boy his thoughts bout his own maturity, and miss Brill about her importance. both are excluded from casual flirtatious conversations. both protagonists are marginalized at some point
what is the boys school called? the christian brothers' school
who was the original tenant of the boys house? what happened to him? he was a priest that died in the back drawing room
what does the boy do every morning? he hides behind the drapes of the front window so he cant be seen and watches for when mangan's sister leaves her house/ then he grabs his books, followers her and passes her down the road though they never speak.
when he goes to market with his aunt, what does he imagine himself to be? a knight bring the holy grail safely home, imagining that he impresses the girl
he went into the empty drawing room one night. what did he do there? to pace and pray and just think about the girl
what is araby? the bazaar
the girl spoke to him at last. what did they talk about? they talked about the bazaar and how she couldn't go because she was going on a retreat with her school. he says that if he does go he will buy her something
he asks his uncle if he can go to the bazaar that Saturday. What happens? he uncle says yes. all saturday hte boy is distracted and exxcited. his uncle doesnt come at dinner and he watches the clock and endures the gossip of his aunt and an old widow until 8. his uncle doesn't get back til 9 and says he forgot and is sorry.
how does he get to the bazaar? his uncle gives him money and he takes the train
does he buy the girl something? what happens? no he didn't. he ended up getting embarrassed and sad, thinking he was wasting his time with the girl. he leaves with nothing, feeling ashamed
how does Miss Brill start? she has cleaned up her fur wrap with the fox face and has gone out on a Sunday afternoon to listen to others talk and get out of her house
who are the first people she sees? what did she hope for? a finely dressed old man with a walking stick and a fat old women with her knitting. she wished they had been talking as she liked to listen to people's conversations
she talks about last Sunday? who did she see then? an English man with a panama hat and his wife with button boots. she talked about needed spectacles but how they would break, or slide down her nose. miss brill hadn't like how she shot down all her husbands patient ideas
she describes all the people on benches. what are they like? all old, dingy, dusty, and squinting like they just came from a small dark room
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