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    King Lear and A Thousand Acres: A Comparison William Shakespeare 's tragedy King Lear, originally performed in 1606, chronicles the downfall of a king. Three hundred-eighty-five years later, Jane Smiley published the novel A Thousand Acres which parallels King Lear,with a few exceptions. Both tragedies present the tale of a father who divides what he owns amongst two of his daughters while rejecting the third, who later comes to the father’s aid. In one story the father is a king and in the other a farmer, but these works of literature differ in more than just superficial aspects; they differ in the type of tragedy they are. King Lear contains the elements of a Shakespearean tragedy, such as immense suffering and while A Thousand Acres contains…

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    Nature is the foundation of everything that is on our earth and beyond the limits of our universe. Without nature, we would not be able to exist in the first place, and it is through nature that we can continue to live. In “King Lear” by William Shakespeare and “A Thousand Acres” by Jane Smiley, the authors both illustrate just how important nature, in the form of a mother, really is through actions of Goneril and Ginny. Even though “A Thousand Acres” is a modern retelling of the famous “King…

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    Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres presents the dimensional characterization of Larry, Ginny, and Rose Cook (Brauner 664; Schiff 13 of 16), the contentious themes involving feminism and the deceptive appearance of the idealized “American Dream” (Carden 193); and the symbolically significant setting of a rural Iowa county during the presidency of Jimmy Carter ( Smiley 174 ; Holman “Setting” 120)—all of which serves to relate the impact of industry upon families living in America during such time…

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    Knowledge Titles play the important role of catching the readers’ attention, delivering a point, and revealing a significant meaning. In Jane Smiley’s book, A Thousand Acres, the title represents the thousand acres of land that Ginny’s dad owns. The thousand acres represents more than just land. It symbolizes their livelihood, their salvation, and helped them grow into the people they are presently. However, this land tears their family apart through dominance and discrepancy which destroys the…

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    gain more power. Likewise, Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres tells a tale molded around King Lear where the owner of a 1000-acre farm named Larry agrees to hand it down to his daughters, Rose, Ginny, and Caroline, in joint ownership but ends up keeping Caroline out of the agreement while the other two turn against him. Although the parallels are apparent between both works, there are also blatant differences…

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    Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres was based off of William Shakespeare's King Lear. Smiley’s work is more modern, though there are several corresponding events and characters. One such set of characters is lawyer Ken LaSalle, from A Thousand Acres, and advisor the Earl of Kent, from King Lear. The two characters share many qualities and abilities. Yet, they are not entirely identical in nature. These shared qualities and abilities include candor and loyalty. The pair shares several contrasting…

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    The representation of Goneril and Regan in King Lear and, Ginny and Rose in A Thousand Acres showcases a direct parallel to the image that women can not handle having a high position in the patriarchy. In King Lear their father was depicted as a powerful man who gave up all his power to his daughters. Once Lear had given them half of his lands, they start to turn their backs on their father; from refusing to shelter him to stripping away the hundred men he had left to abandoning him in the…

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    Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres tells a tale molded around King Lear where the owner of a 1000-acre farm named Larry agrees to hand it down to his daughters, Rose, Ginny, and Caroline, in joint ownership but ends up keeping Caroline out of the agreement while the other two turn against him. Although the parallels are apparent between both works, there are also blatant differences…

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    How can one person in a perfectly normal functioning family lose his mind out of nowhere? He plays a large role and causes many characters to change in A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley throughout most of the story. The book started off very slowly because it just described the setting and talked about all the people in Zebulon County living their normal lives. I could relate to this because I live in an area that is similar to Zebulon County on a farm just like the setting in the book. I also…

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    The US Geological Survey tested the performance and effectiveness of the Basins in 1969. Their study analyzed data gathered from three basins located in both Nassau and Suffolk county. All three basins had different shapes and drainage area sizes in order to determine an average performance from all the systems. To determine the effectiveness, the basins were analyzed in three different areas: Precipitation-Inflow relation, Runoff Hydrograph, and Rates of Filtration. The three basins analyzed…

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