Use this page as a place to review the Facts about each of the novels and plays we have read throughout the year.



Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Characters:
Tess Durbeyfield
Angel Clare
Alec D'Urberville

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"I waited and waited for you," she went on, her tones suddenly resuming their old fluty pathos. "But you did not come! And I wrote to you, and you did not come! He kept on saying you would never come any more, and that I was a foolish woman. He was very kind to me, and to mother, and to all of us after father's death. He--"

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

the 'ideal' tradegy
Characters:
Oedipus
Jocasta - mother then wife of Oedipus
Crayon - brother of Jocasta
Tireias - blind guy who gave prophecies

convergence of 3 roads - where he met his father to kill him

Themes:
Blindness (both literal at end of play w/Oedipus and figurative - ignorance)
Fate

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Fences by August Wilson
Characters:
Troy - protagonist
Bono
Rose - wife of Troy
Cory - younger son
Lyon - Troy's son from a previous marriage
Gabriel - (mental disability -trumpet)
Raynell - Troy's "illegitimate" child

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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Characters:
The Protagonist (nameless)
Mr. Norton - white man who got sick from seeing the guy who raped his kids; college tour
Dr. Bledsoe - "good" guy turned bad; knows how to play prejudice game
Barbee - sermon --> blindness
Mr. Emerson - final letter
Mr. Brockway
Mary
Brother Jack
Tod Clifton - "erased" from history
Ras the Exhorter (antagonist)

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The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry
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Hard Times by Charles Dickens
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King Lear by William Shakespeare
connects to Oedipus
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Endgame by Samuel Beckett
Characters:
Nag
Nell
Ham
Clove

Themes:
Death
Human Existence
Humanity & frustration

"Acts Without Words"
attempted suicide failed
--> fate

Essential Quotations: "Hamm: You [himself] . . . remain" (84).

The Tempest by Shakespeare
"comedy"
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Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf
Characters:
Jacob (socially inept)
Florinda (He thinks she's boring.)
Timmy (gay)

Themes:
style ~ stream of consciousness ("flowing water" (quote of k.a.l.)

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde by
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She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith
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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Characters:
Addie (mom)
Anse
in order ~
Cash (builder); Darl (loves mom); Jewel (rebel w/horse); Dewey Dell (pregnant); Vardaman (confused)
Cora & Vernon Tull
Peabody
(Whitfield)

*The mom loved Darl the best, but Jewel loved the mom the best
Darl knows (about the pregnant).
*Jewel was the son of Addie & the preacher.

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The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
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The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
Characters:
Oedipa
Pierce Inverarity
Mucho Mass
Metzger (lawyer for Pierce, boy actor, Oedipa's runaway lover)
Mike Fallopian (bar guy)
Koteks (made Maxwell's Demon/Nefastis Machine)
the Paranoids
Peter Pinguid Society (against industrial anything)

Themes:
entropy
second law of thermodynamics
communication (post horn)
& the Thurn and Taxis
The Courier's Tradegy
binary thinking (e.j. crazy or not)
24-hr journey (parallel to Invisible Man)

TRISTERO

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The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
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Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill
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Invisible Cities by
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