For Tuesday, please respond to one of the following prompts, and please come prepared to discuss all of them:
1. Discuss O'Brien's writing style. How is the way the book is written related to what it says. In other words, how are form and content related? Use specific examples.
2. Discuss O'Brien's use of symbolism. Choose three things that you think function symbolically and discuss what it is that they are symbolic of.
3. Near the top of page 24, after Jimmy Cross burns the letters from Martha, we read this sentence: “He understood.” What does Jimmy Cross understand at this point? Interpret this sentence.
4. Why do you think Kiowa needs to keep telling the story of Lavender’s death?
5. When we get to “Love” on page 26, there is a distinct shift in the point of view of the narrative. Discuss what it is that changes at this point and the effect those changes have on you as a reader.
6. Interpret the paragraph of "Spin" (page 36), the one that begins, "Forty-three years old..."
I'm looking forward to reading your responses. As I mentioned in class today, you don't need to follow these exactly. The prompts are meant to help you, not constrict you. If you have something else you want to write about, that's fine with me.