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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Analysis

Literary Devices in The Phantom Tollbooth

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Setting

The Phantom Tollbooth may start and end in a nameless city in the real world, but its true setting is the fantasyland to which Milo travels when he passes through the tollbooth: the Lands Beyond. A...

Narrator Point of View

It's easy to confuse the author of a book with the narrator, especially when that narrator is third person omniscient. Let's break that down. That means that the narrator writes in the third person...

Genre

There's no question about it: The Phantom Tollbooth is a work of children's literature – that's where you should look for it in the bookstore. The main character is a young boy who goes on an adv...

Tone

You know how some grown-ups talk to kids like they don't understand anything? Yeah, you know the type: they assume that just because you're young, you don't know anything about the world. Well, luc...

Writing Style

In a way, The Phantom Tollbooth is entirely about plays on words, playing with words, and turning language upside down. As you might imagine, this makes for a pretty awesome writing style. Let's ta...

What's Up With the Title?

The title of a book is pretty telling of what you'll find inside. So by naming this book The Phantom Tollbooth, our author reminds us that the tollbooth is something we should keep our eye on. Nort...

What's Up With the Ending?

From the outside, it looks like Milo ends the book basically where he started: in his room. The tollbooth's gone, so there's no evidence of the magical journey he just took, and it turns out he's o...

Tough-o-Meter

The Phantom Tollbooth appeals to readers of all ages. In some ways, it's written simply enough that a young'un will totally get it. The clear plot involves a young hero, a magical voyage, the threa...

Plot Analysis

First, a warning. The Lands Beyond don't even make an appearance in our classic plot analysis. We haven't forgotten about them (they're the bulk of the book, after all), but we think the bigger iss...

Trivia

The Phantom Tollbooth was turned into a musical! What kinds of songs would you write for it? Would the orchestra still play colors?Earmuffs, teachers: Juster wrote The Phantom Tollbooth because he...
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