Forgot your password?  

The Ring Summary
Karen Blixen

Everything you need to understand or teach The Ring by Karen Blixen.

  • The Ring Summary & Study Guide

The Ring Summary


The short story "The Ring" by Isak Dinesen (whose real name was Karen Blixen) can be seen both as typical of its author's literary art and as different from her most characteristic mode of expression. Its eighteenth-century Danish setting places it within the deliberate archaism of Dinesen's storytelling, and its concern with fundamentals such as identity, sexuality, and violence echo such concerns in her other tales. On the other hand, "The Ring" has a simplicity not found in some of Dinesen's other works. In its concise style, it resembles a folktale or an episode from a medieval saga. "The Ring," which appears in the 1958 collection called Anecdotes of Destiny, adheres to the classical styles of storytelling, the Aristotelian unities of character, setting, and temporal span, and explores the way in which violence both breaks and reforges character.

Although dismissed by some of her contemporaries as an archaist who manipulated...

(read more from the Study Guide)

Study Pack

The The Ring Study Pack contains about 43 pages of study material in 3 products, including:

The Ring Study Guide

Follow Us on Facebook