LITR 221 Week 8 Discussion Forum

Instructions: Please post no
fewer than 300 words, making sure to balance your answers to the separate
parts. You should use quotations from the text to support your points, but make
sure they don't dominate your posts.


Week 8:


Part I: Describe the homeless
narrator. What does Jackson Jackson mean when he says that he's been
"disappearing" slowly but surely, "piece by piece"? Compare
those lines with the closing lines (breathtaking in their beautiful imagery)
when Jackson says, "They all watched me dance with my grandmother. I was
my grandmother, dancing."


Part II: Although the setting is
Boston, we are exposed to Indian culture and values in Jhumpa Lahiri's "The
Third and Final Continent." To what extent is the story about social and
cultural differences--their reconcilability or irreconcilability? To what
extent is the story about love, compatibility, disappointment, endurance, hope,
against all odds?


Part III: Optional Extra
Story/Response: After reading Native American author Louise Erdrich's short
story "The Shawl" , consider how it is possible that children can
re-envision and actually rewrite the history of their parents to create an
opportunity for healing old wounds. This story tends to elicit an emotional
response from readers. If you're one of them, share your experience after
reading it.

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