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The Member of the Wedding Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Member of the Wedding

The Member of the Wedding is a coming-of-age story set in 1944 in a small town in the Deep South. The protagonist is Frankie Addams (Frankie is a nickname for Frances; she also calls herself F. Jasmine in the middle of the book), a 12-year-old girl who feels completely alone and unconnected. She longs to belong, and to be sophisticated, a "woman of the world." However, her unrealistic, and often comic, misunderstandings about the world and life reveal her naïveté.

Until the end of the book, Frankie expresses a nebulous fear, of what exactly she cannot say. She tries to describe her feelings to Berenice, her long-suffering and dedicated housekeeper-cum-mother-figure (Frankie's mother...

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