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Rose, Chapter 24 e were just his to do with as he pleased, like ... the houses or the hogs. Sources: BigThink, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, “Incest, Incorporation, and King Lear in Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres” by Marina Leslie, New York Times, PEN Center USA, Understanding Jane Smiley by Neil Nakadote, The Writing University: The University of Iowa Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Generational Conflict Conflicts surface as fathers cede power to their children. Women’s Status Ginny grows angry over her subservient role on the farm. The Power of Memory Old memories arise, changing Ginny’s view of past and present. Themes Retired farmer; shrewd, angry, abusive father; loses his farm and his mind Larry CookKing Lear Independent attorney and unappreciative, estranged youngest daughter; not abused by Larry Caroline CookCordelia Stubborn, outspoken cancer survivor and middle daughter; object of her father’s lust Rose Cook LewisRegan Childless farm wife and eldest daughter; victim of incest who rarely expresses feelings Ginny Cook SmithGoneril Main Characters Best known for her insightful novels, Smiley is a prolific and diverse writer who has published everything from short stories to children’s work to nonfiction. Her list of literary honors includes the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for A Thousand Acres and the PEN Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. JANE SMILEYBORN 1949 Author Death, divorce, and exile are the painful fates awaiting Ginny and her family. Harvest of Pain Larry’s bizarre behavior divides his family; Ginny faces harrowing memories. Storm of Madness Larry shuns Caroline when she doubts his plan to give the farm to his daughters. Seeds of Discord In this reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear, the monarch is Larry Cook, and the kingdom in dispute is a thousand-acre corn and hog farm. Larry descends into paranoia and rage after he retires from the farm, stirring up a whirlwind of controversy that tears the family apart. King Lear Runs an Iowa Farm OVERVIEW English Original Language 1991 Year Published Jane Smiley Author A Thousand Acres Drama Novel

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