helen on eighty sixth street

helen on eighty sixth street

character traits
personalities
vita
narrator,has part of horse
allusion
references to features of a culture
Helen McGuire
gets role of helen in play
greek helen
most beautiful, married menelaus, king sparta, but paris fell in love and ran away with her, daughter or zeus and leda
old farfel
vitas moms boyfriend
vitas 3 wishes
to be helen, for old farfel to leave, helens dad to come back
chicken pox
what helen mcguire gets bc of vitas wish
wendi kaufman
author
embodies
conveys the impression of; represents
odyssey
A long journey
litany
repetitive prayer or recitation
incantation
A chant, meant to produce a magical result
stifled
smothered
polythesium
a beleif in many gods
ramparts
A defensive wall of a castle or walled city
supplication
Humble plea or request
enunciate
To pronounce or articulate
marlowe
cat named after christopher marlowe, an english dramatist
sarah heartburn
humorous reference to sarah bernhardt, a french actres known for her emotional style
keatses john and john
the parakeets named after english poet john keets
lotus eaters
in the odyssey, people who eat fruit of the lotus eaters, a sort of drug, which causes to forget forever their homes and families, greek soldier odysseus enters land of lotus eaters on way from trojan war
rents stabilized
in nyc, rent stabilization is a form of government – controlled regulation. rent- stabilized apartments are less expensive than other types and are therefore much sought after
chair in mom’s department
a chair is an important teaching position at a university
well the play’s….on the stage”
reference to lines in shakespeare’s plays hamlet and macbeth
argus
oddysseus’s old dog, only one to recognize oddyssues after 20 yrs
beauty is truth…know
last two lines on keat’s poem “ode on a grecian urn”
parthenon
temple of athena, greek goddess of wisdom and warfare, who sided with the greeks during the war. built in 5th century bc
lanyard
here, a decorative chord
Wendi Kaufman
Author
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