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Queenie Peavy Literary Qualities

Robert J. Burch
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Burch's descriptions of everyday life in a small town during the Great Depression are simple and well drawn. The narrative is credible, the dialogue natural, and the characters down-toearth. The author also engages the reader with his subtle use of humor.

The understated wit in Queenie's thoughts and conversations provides entertainment as well as insight into her character. When, for example, Little Mother makes a particularly angelic statement, Queenie decides that "Little Mother not only wanted her friends to get along with each other but was now promoting good will and understanding for the whole world." Queenie's interactions with Dover and Avis are also important for their revelations of the soft side of her personality.

For the most part, Queenie Peavy is a straightforward narrative featuring a simple, episodic plot. One literary device that Burch employs is the use of song lyrics to reveal Queenie's moods.

Queenie often...

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This section contains 371 words
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Purchase our Queenie Peavy Short Guide
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