ARNA BONTEMPS. A Summer Tragedy. [ “Jennie,” he called. “What’s that, Jeff?” His wife’s shrunken voice came out of the adjoining room like an echo. A Summer Tragedy. Bontemps, Arna. Primary Category: Literature / Primary Source. The Old South: “A Summer Tragedy” and Other Stories of the Thirties. The story, ‘A Summer of Tragedy’ was written in by Arna Bontemps. It was written at a time of great economic depression and.
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Nekquai marked it as to-read Jun 11, His bntemps had not been much good recently. He had not worn his stiff-bosomed shirt more than a dozen times in all his married life. Steve added it Mar 15, Support Center Support Center.
A Summer Tragedy
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Jeannie is blind and sickly. Summary The short story considers the final afternoon in the lives bntemps Jeff and Jennie Patton, a frail elderly couple, who have spent their lives as poor sharecroppers, barely able to make ends meet for themselves and their children. Return to Book Page. A Summer Tragedy by Arna Bontemps.
Jordana rated it liked it Dec 23, Ayesha marked it as to-read Sep 06, Another one might kill him. Within the story, we are privy to memories that highlight their simple life, their community, their work ethic and their devotion to each other. One of the most poignant aspects of medical practice is watching elderly couples help each other to and from a clinic visit. Takieala Rougers marked it travedy to-read May 01, He was terrified by the least unfamiliar sound at night.
Chad Skidmore added it Sep 29, Contributions to Clinical Practice. Maya Powers marked it as to-read Jan 20, His swallow-tailed coat lay on the bed beside him, freshly brushed and pressed, but it was as full of holes as the overalls in which he worked on weekdays This, too, is graphically demonstrated in “A Summer Tragedy”.
boontemps Mathilde rated it it was amazing Apr 04, Tgagedy Stewart marked it as to-read Aug 19, He describes memory loss, talking to himself, fear of unfamiliar sounds at night, reluctance to venture far from home and a tremulousness which overtakes him without warning.
Jeff’s problem list is equally recognizable. Jeff thought of the handicaps, the near impossibility of making another crop with his leg bothering him more and more each week. He has suffered at least one paralytic stroke.
Even if you save and save money working for your retirement, we all don’t know what the future brings. We, the aging baby boomers, can relate to this story in one way or another, I think. They have outlived their five children, their ability to work their farm, and very nearly their capacity to care for themselves and one another. Their story, told from a perspective almost a century old, mirrors modern-day concerns.
Bontemps was African-American, the son of a brick mason and a schoolteacher, educated in California and New York. Today they will put on their finest clothes and then, drive down the dirt road past their neighbors toward a cliff–and death. With charm and pathos, the couple fulfills the pledge they made to one another when no other alternative seemed appropriate.
A Summer Tragedy by Arna Bontemps
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