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The Shipping News
Author E. Annie Proulx
Type of Work Novel
Genre Hero quest, regionalism, novel of social critique
Time and place written Early 1990's, Newfoundland and Vermont
Date of First Publication 1994
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Climax The major climax of the novel occurs at the scene of Jack's wake, when the dead man begins to cough.
Antagonist Guy Quoyle, Tert Card, Nolan Quoyle, Petal Bear, social change
Setting (time) Early 1990's
Setting (place) Mostly Newfoundland
Point of View Omniscient
Falling Action Dennis and Quoyle follow Jack's ambulance to the hospital, where Dennis hopes to take over his father's lobster license; Wavey and Quoyle get married.
Tense Recent Past
Foreshadowing The white dog and knotted twine foreshadow the cousin's presence in Newfoundland; Bunny's dream foreshadows the destruction of the family house; Quoyle's kiss foreshadows his marriage with Wavey.
Tone Darkly comic
Themes Social and economic change, ancestry and familial ties, regional lifestyle
Motifs Oral literature, "how-to" genre, knots and tying
Symbols Knots and tying, silver, bright colors, family house, white dog
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