In the Garden of the North American Martyrs Essay

This Study Guide consists of approximately 35 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of In the Garden of the North American Martyrs.
This section contains 1,209 words
(approx. 4 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the In the Garden of the North American Martyrs Study Guide

Piedmont-Marton holds a Ph.D. in English and teaches American literature and administers "In the Garden of the North American Martyrs" belongs to the category, or genre, of literature known as modern realism. Tobias Wolff has often expressed his admiration for the stories of John Cheever and is a particular fan of James Joyce's collection of stories Dubliners. Despite his canny eye for detail and his gift for dialog, however, Wolff seems to work against the constraints of realism. "In the Garden of the North American Martyrs" in particular dramatizes the tension between the realistic and symbolic ways of looking at the world. The story, in Wolff's own words, "bursts the bounds of traditional realistic fiction." Reviewer Brian Kaplan writes in the Nation that Wolff "scrutinizes the disorders of daily living to find significant order underneath the surface." "In the Garden of the North American Martyrs" suggests that...

(read more from the Critical Essay #1 section)

This section contains 1,209 words
(approx. 4 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the In the Garden of the North American Martyrs Study Guide
Copyrights
Short Stories for Students
In the Garden of the North American Martyrs from Short Stories for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.