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Hunger Summary
Knut Hamsun

Everything you need to understand or teach Hunger by Knut Hamsun.

  • Hunger Summary & Study Guide
  • 1 Encyclopedia Article
  • 7 Literature Criticism
  • ...and more
  • 30 Hunger Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

Hunger Summary

Plot Summary

In Hunger, the protagonist is a writer living in Christiania in the 1800s. Out of work, he struggles to write articles for the local newspapers to make a little money to feed himself. However, he ends up with no money for rent, and resorts to selling off his meager possessions to the pawn broker one at a time until he has nothing left. After experiencing manic highs and bleak depressions, he finally takes a job on a ship sailing away from Norway, to England, and says goodbye to his native land.

As the story begins, the narrator of Hunger is living in an attic room in Christiania. He has not eaten and has no food or money. His rent is due, and he is evicted from his apartment. He meets a woman who he gives a fantasy name, Ylayali, and fantasizes about. The narrator is saved at the...

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Study Pack

The Hunger Study Pack contains about 471 pages of study material in 11 products, including:

Hunger Study Guide

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Hunger Lesson Plans contain 109 pages of teaching material, including:

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