The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared Short Essay - Answer Key

Jonas Jonasson
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1. What central character is introduced in Chapter 1? What is he doing when the narrative begins?

In the very brief Chapter 1, the author sets in motion the entire plot for The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Readers are introduced to Allan Karlsson, the century-old retiree who escapes via the window from his old folks' home and sets out on a (what he presumes to be) final adventure in life.

2. What is notable about the first and last chapters of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

The writer has crafted this opening chapter less than a page in length, which equally mirrors the final Chapter 29, also less than a page in length. This is an example of literary mirroring, or echoing, in which the author utilizes similar tones and (in this example) narrative chapter construction to suggest a passage of time and act as a circular-styled round up.

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