Twilight of the Superheroes | Study Guide

Deborah Eisenberg

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William, “Some Other, Better Otto” veryone is so alone. Sources: The MacArthur Foundation, New York Times, NPR Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Passivityman Represents Nathaniel’s feelings of hopelessness and inertia Windows Represent Kristina’s longing for an idyllic life The Girl Symbolizes Harry’s desire for his lost youth Symbols Young domestic abuse survivor; rushed into a relationship to escape her life of drudgery Kristina Sexually repressed divorcee; takes an uncharacteristic trip to Italy Kate Moody, middle-aged curmudgeon; loving toward his romantic partner and younger sister Otto Unambitious underachiever in his late 20s; has lost all motivation since 9/11 Nathaniel Main Characters Known for her meticulously crafted short stories that often take more than a year to write, Eisenberg’s first story was inspired by her decision to quit smoking. The former waitress won many awards for her wry and honest portrayals of regular people coping with the disappointments of “normal” life. DEBORAH EISENBERGBORN 1945 Author Many characters wonder what life would be like had they made different choices. Lives Unlived Being human is inherently lonely, even for people in relationships. Loneliness The swift passage of time ages one’s body faster than one’s mind. Aging Twilight of the Superheroes is a collection of six short stories set against the backdrop of a post-9/11 New York City. In the shadow of the fallen twin towers, Eisenberg’s characters grapple with longing, regret, and their own personal inadequacies. THEMES Pulling Back the Curtain English Original Language 2006 Year Published Deborah Eisenberg Author Twilight of the Superheroes Drama Short Stories

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