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In Warren's work, there are interesting parallels and contrasts. Warren's other short fiction shows some parallels, most notably the boy narrator in "Blackberry Winter," (1946; see separate entry) who is trying to express his individuality in actions of mild revolt, much like Bolton's early rebellions. However, Warren protagonists are not generally hamstrung by such a powerful and dominant mother as Mrs. Lovehart, or by such a constricting environment.

Two interesting parallels are Sue Murdock in At Heaven's Gate (1942; see separate entry), who struggles, more dramatically, but not more effectively, to escape the domination of her wealthy father; and Jack Burden, in All the King's Men, who grows up under the influence of a powerful mother, while feeling dismay about his ineffectual father, Ellis Burden. Both characters, however, manage to go further in their rebellions against their environments. Despite her energy, Sue Murdock's rebellion is tragic, however: She...

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