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Dorothy Parker: A Telephone Call

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Stephanie Karback

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A Telephone Call By: Dorothy Parker Role in American Fiction A Telephone Call Analysis Analysis Criticism Works Cited A Telephone Call Role in American Fiction Major Works Interests and Influences Born on August 22, 1893 in West End, New Jersey.
She grew up in a very religious home
Grew up as part of an affluent New York family home.
It was cut off by her mother's death.
Made Dorothy become economically independent.
While growing up, she had a rebellious streak so she went to exclusive finishing school in Morristown.
This is where she began her writing. Something Noteworthy She worked for magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker.
She was a drama critic and she had a book review column.
She is most known for the Algonquin Round Table.
She became friends with people like Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald as well as others.
However, she remarried again and finally regained her financial stability.
She died on June 7, 1967. Early Life She was not a very happy person and had a rough life.
Both of her parents died when she was young.
After she and her husband got divorced, she became an alcoholic, had many affairs, an abortion, and attempted suicide three different times. Dorothy Parker was one of the first well-known American Feminists.
She is most known for the Algonquin Round Table where she was able to voice her opinion.
However, during this time period, her writing was looked down upon due to her opinion of women's roles.
Her writing reflected her personal experiences with the views of women and love.
Since her childhood was not a happy one, many of her stories prove to be depressing. She was one of the first feminist writers.
She put the modern issues in her classical works.
Especially her poetry Mostly known for her poetry.
She had three volumes of poetry collections: Summary This short story represents the social status between men and women.
The women continually thinks about how she should not call because it makes her seem "needy."
If the man calls, he wants you, but if he doesn't then it is a sign he is no longer yours.
She turns to her religion, as she begs God to make him call.
The telephone itself represents the power that the men have over the women. Many critics agree that Dorothy made serious issues more humorous by her style of writing.
There seems to be evolution for women within her writings.
Her lifestyle also reflected a feminist lifestyle.
Many were glad that she did not just reflect this lifestyle in her works but in her own reality.
She was more famous than her second husband, who was a Hollywood director.
This was unheard of during this time period. Feminist Writers. Ed. Pamela Kester-Shelton. Detroit: St. Project by: Stephanie Karback She was viewed as melodramatic, sentimental, and for her witticisms.
She was known for making people laugh.
*She completely rejected the idea that women were fragile and timid, a common thought of the time period. * 1. Enough Hope
2. Sunset Gun
3. Death and Taxes A women is waiting for the man she loves to call her.
He said he would call at five, yet it is past seven.
The story captures the anxiety that the woman is having.
She is constantly questioning God's ability and why He would not help her.
She is trying not to think about him hoping that he will call in that time.
She counts by fives to five hundred and wondered if she should call.
She does not end up calling and she just waits for the man to call or come home. James Press, 1996. From Literature Resource Center. Kinney, Arthur F. "Her Accomplishment: Poetry, Fiction, Criticism. Literature Resource Center. Web. 22 May 2013. " Dorothy Parker, Revised. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1998. 86-153. Rpt. in Short Story Criticism. Ed. Jelena O. Krstovic. Vol. 101. Detroit: Gale, 2008. McMackin, Timothy P. "'They Can See Me If I Cry': Feminine Language and Reader Identification in Dorothy Parker's 'Sentiment.'." The Critical Waltz: Essays on the Work of Dorothy Parker. Ed. Rhonda S. Pettit. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Ed. Jelena O. Krstovic. Vol. 101. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Literature Resource Center. Web. 22 May 2013. "A Telephone Call--Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)." A Telephone Call--Dorothy Parker (1893-1967). N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2013.
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