Three Tall Women Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who are the three main characters?

The three main characters are A, B, and C. A is a very old woman, B is middle-aged, and C is a young woman.

2. To whom is A referring when she uses the pronoun "he"?

"He" refers to both A's son, and her deceased husband. Its interchangeable usage emphasizes A's loss of her mental faculties, as well as the idea that both men behaved similarly, in her eyes, with insensitivity and selfishness.

3. What is the significance of A, B, and C's lack of names?

The fact that A, B, and C don't have names suggests that they are archetypes; on a symbolic level, they signify three different stages of life, and they display the qualities of individuals in those stages.

4. What does A represent?

A represents all of the elderly. She is bitter, upset by the loss of her physical faculties, and often bewildered as a result of her diminished mental capacity.

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