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  • The Shrike

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    The Shrike is the story of Jim Downs, a mentally ill theater director whose wife, Ann, has ruined his mental health. Ann is a symbolic shrike, a sweet-seeming woman who is in fact a brutal psychological predator. She manipulates Downs without mercy, keeping him confined to the mental ward so that she can exercise complete power over him as revenge for his failure to succeed in his career and provide her with a lavish lifestyle.