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English 2033E Lecture Notes - Hoodie, She Spies

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English 2033E
Gabrielle Ceraldi

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English 2033 Mar. 5
Realism: Plausible events in a realistic setting; that is what E. Nesbit demonstrated in the
Treasure Seekers
Harriet The Spy
- Harriet’s personal traits: brutal honesty, harsh
- Harriet is very cynical always looking for faults in people or situations
- She is very mean and judgmental; there could be an argument made that she is not actually
mean because she does not walk up to people and tell them their faults
She keeps the notes to herself and it is not meant for other people
She is not trying to make herself feel better but bewildering others
She just thinks she is just being honest and true in his writing; but the readers are able
to pick out that she has a keen eye for spotting the negatives in people
- She spies: her motive for spying is to simply know about everything and everyone; she is
preparing herself for her career in writing
- She believes that she is not taken seriously but if she becomes a spy, people around her will
have to take her seriously
- The idea of children being angry and violent; they come up of fantasy roles that allow them to
feel powerful
- Harriet has her own daily routine
Where does this routine come from?
OCD maybe?
People will use this routine to alleviate some anxiety
She might be anxious could be due to the lack of a good relationship between her and
her parents (parental neglect); the parents are very busy and the servants take care of
- Harriet likes to hear from her mother to drink her milk; it reassures her that her mom cares for
- Harriet is truly seeking security which she is not able to get from her parents because they are
always busy
- Harriet does show her mean side in the latter parts of the books:
She trips one of the kids in class
She has a list of things what she wants to every child in class
The meanest thing she did was to talk to Rachel about her father and how the father
does not love her and not living with her
The book is very honest about how children really are (brutally honest, mean, violent,
blunt, vulnerable = realism towards the negative side)
- Most children are charming to adults so far in the books studied in the second term; adults
simply find them charming except for Harriet
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