The Easter Parade Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. In Part 1: Chapter 2, why does Sarah's father, Walter Grimes, disapprove of his daughter's engagement?

Sarah's father questions whether or not the young man will be able to provide for his daughter. The engagement ends soon after his disapproval.

2. In Part 1: Chapters 1 through 2, what are the differences between Emily and Sarah?

Sarah is a beautiful young woman who is loved by all. It appears that she has an "easy" life and that everything is handed to her without effort on her part. Emily, on the other hand, is less beautiful and thinks that she is not successful like her sister. Emily feels invisible compared to Sarah.

3. Why are the first two chapters of Part 1 of The Easter Parade told in an authorial voice versus a character serving as the narrator?

The decision to have an authorial voice for the first two chapters of the novel versus having a character as narrator allows the author to give readers a quick overview of the Grimes girls' childhood. By employing authorial voice, Yates is able to provide readers with a lot of information in a short amount of time.

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