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Super Short Cliff’s Notes for All Classic Novels.
A. Protagonist dies of alienation.
B. Protagonist succumbs to the prison of society.
C. Protagonist embodies the author’s misanthropic vision of humanity.
D. Author was drunk.
NOTE: A may be coupled with D in any era. A will only be coupled with C after WWI. B is rarely coupled with D, but often with C. C and D are frequently coupled. This is especially true of novels written in Continental Europe or by William Faulkner.
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