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Suddenly Last Summer - Garden District 2 Book Review Summary

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This one-act play by Tennessee Williams (performed in 1959 along with 'Something Unspoken') , has the finding of the truth at the core of its drama: Mrs. Venable, a rich and old widow, wants the truth of the death of her son Sebastian to be hidden or reinvented. The only witness of the death was her niece Catherine Holly, and the story she's being telling everyone is too hard to be accepted by the mother: Sebastian might have been assassinated, after being raped, by barbarians of a strange place known as 'Head of Wolf'. Mrs. Venable calls a doctor to give Catherine a lobotomy if necessary to erase the event from her memory (she's already being cloistered in an asylum), but she fights back. Catherine's mother and brother, however, try to convince her to change her version of the story so they can inherit a hundred thousand dollars from Sebastian's will. (They won't get the money if Mrs. Venable refuses.) In the end, we don't know if Catherine will be given a lobotomy or change her version of the story, but we understand she's lost her mind for what she saw.
This report prepared by Augusto Wong Campos








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   child/children

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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