|Plot Summary of The Centaur|
|" My favorite Updike, “The Centaur” evokes the majesty of mythology as the author
parallels the story of Chiron, the wisest and best of the centaurs, who gives up his
immortality, after being wounded, on behalf of Prometheus. Down to earth, Updike's story
is that of a high school teacher (“Chiron”) and his teenage son (“Prometheus) and the
parallel, symbolic story grows from there. Some knowledge of Greek mythology certainly
helps in following the story line (but is not mandatory), as Updike captures the poignancy
of this sacrifice, of their relationships, of their successes and failure.
Bill Hobbs, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Centaur|
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Time/era of story
Family, loving relations
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- natural phenomena
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an average amount
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 8 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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