The Leopard Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. When, where, and how does The Leopard begin in Chapter 1?

The Leopard takes place in Sicily and the first chapter is set in May of 1860. As the story begins, the Prince and his family are saying their daily prayers in a lavishly decorated room.

2. How is the garden described in Chapter 1?

The garden is described as sickly to the Prince, mainly because of the bad memories it causes him to have. The smell of the over-ripened foliage is almost too much for him to handle.

3. What does the Prince see in the garden and what does he turn to as a source of comfort?

The Prince envisions the memory of a dead soldier that clawed his way to his death in the garden. Overwhelmed by the thought of the soldier's spilled guts, he turns his attention to Bendico, the dog, which represents joy for the Prince.

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