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The title is not that important to the novel but it does aid in understanding one of the books main themes that the quality of life is very important Main Characters Homer Macauley This responsible young man has become the man of the house by supporting his family with an after school job But with this job comes responsibility and the hardships of growing up Homer learns to deal with the problems of the world and with the acceptance of death Mrs Macauley She is the all-knowing loving mother She understands her children and the problems they are going through but she lets them deal with their own problems themselves She has the experience and wisdom to guide her children Ulysses Macauley This little boy is everyones friend He is content with simply watching the world around him Ulysses adds humor to the novel and gives the novel a sense of calmness Marcus Macauley He is the oldest Macauley child who is fighting overseas in the army The development in the novel relates to Marcus The novel ends with his death Mary and Bess These two radiant girls symbolize hope Throughout the entire novel they are waiting for Marcus to return Major Conflict The major conflict is with Homer learning to deal with his problems and to gain a new understanding about life Setting The setting is in Ithaca California during World War II Point of View The point of view is third person omniscient Themes The quality of life is very important The effects of death can be good and bad Hard work is good for the soul Understanding and maturity come with experience Quotes 1 The cow however turned and looked at Ulysses Ulysses looked back at the cow The cow in turn watched Ulysses so that the small boy believed
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