We Have Always Lived in the Castle Book Summary and Study Guide

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When this book opens, and start to read the words that flow beautifully, you begin this journey without any concerns. You reading further, thinking that soon you will come do a dynamic change of events; however, there is no such action that has been taken in this work. You first meet and becom e fimilair with the main character, Mary Kathern Blackwood, or as she is known in the town and in her home as Merricat. Her sister, Constance, is a homebody (mainly, unbeknownst to the reader, is that she is almost a reclose). Constance, or Connie (which is what Merricat calls her)is a young woman who for the longest time has been accused of an unspeakable act. Connie and Merricat live in their family's manson, known as Blackwood Manor, with their elderly uncle Julian. Uncle Julian is dying throughout the novel, and it isn't until their cousin, Charles, comes for a visit that things really start picking up. Meanwhile, the citizens of the village grew furious with anger and resentment towards the Blackwoods. They always have resented the Blackwoods, mainly because they were rich and the villagers weren't. One night, the villagers march to the Blackwood estate and this is when the story is about to catch you and keep you reading until the last word is read. I will not give away the ending because it is ESSENTIAL that YOU read it for yourself. Shirley Jackson, author of The Haunting of Hill House, out did herself with this novel. It is the very basis for any work about the psychological powers of the mind. Once you have read this novel, you will never be the same.
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Plot & Themes

Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Uncle    -   Cousin Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   very gullible, like Gomer Pyle    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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