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message 1: by Eszter (new)

Eszter Boros | 2 comments Mod
I am sorry that I am not there to wish you guys a great vacation, but I am on my way to the hospital to become an AUNT!! Have a wonderful vacation.

working in pairs or small groups, answer the following qs:

"1919" and "1920"

Where is "Bottom"? How was the neighborhood established? How is the name symbolic?

How does the narrative about Shadrack and "National Suicide Day" frame the novel? How does it set a tone for the novel?

Is Shadrack a prophet? Is he a madman? Or is he both? What role does he serve in the community?

Explore the relationship between Nel, her mother Helene, her grandmother Rochelle, and her great-grandmother Cecile. Why are the women separated? What separates them?

Why is the incident on the train between Helene and the conductor significant? What happens as the train travels further south?

How does Morrison use the notion of defilement in "1920"? Who is defiled? Why?

"1921" and "1922"

Explore the symbolic resonances of the Peace family. Is there peace in the Peace family? How are the names symbolic? How is Sula's name different?

Why does Eva leave her children? Why does she return with only one leg?

Why does Eva take Plum to the outhouse? What does she realize in asking herself this question?

Who are the "deweys" and what do they represent?

Why does Eva set Plum on fire? How does the narrative describe this scene? Why is the description important?

How are Nel and Sula becoming aware of their sexuality in this chapter? How do we sense this awareness? Do we also sense a threat of violence?

What does Hannah say to upset Sula?

Why do Nel and Sula watch Chicken Little drown? Explore the significance of his name and his death, especially in relation to the name of the neighborhood "Bottom".

Why does Sula go inside Shadrack's shack?

"1923" and "1927"

"1923" opens with the line, "The second strange thing was . . ." -- what are the other strange things that happen? How does this line establish a tone for the chapter?

Why does Hannah ask Eva if she loves them, if she loved them as children? What is Eva's answer? Does Eva love her children?

What is the reason Eva gives for killing Plum?

How does Hannah catch on fire? What does Eva do? What does Sula do? What do the charactersí actions reveal about their feelings for Hannah?

"1927" ends with the wedding of Nel and Jude. How does this ceremonious ending parallel other incidents in the novel -- the funeral of Cecile at the beginning of the novel, the funeral of Chicken Little, etc. How are Nel and Sula 's friendship impacted by such ceremonies?

message 2: by Edwin1212 (new)

Edwin1212 | 1 comments CONGRAULATIONS!!
Hope the baby is healthy and cute.
<3 (:
todays boring at schools anyways..

message 3: by Sara (new)

Sara | 1 comments AWW! Is it a girl or a boy? Congrats!

message 4: by Hennesy (new)

Hennesy | 1 comments oh before it was hennesy on edwins stuff.

message 5: by Rishad (new)

Rishad | 1 comments this reminds me of something, I am becoming an uncle(cousin's child) in a month! congrats ms boros i hope the baby likes you =D

message 6: by Axel (new)

Axel | 1 comments Congrats. Have fun with the baby.

message 7: by Ashley (last edited Apr 08, 2009 08:28AM) (new)

Ashley | 1 comments waz gud wit da baby is it a girl or a boy homie wats craka lakin at da hospital. We gunna see yo selfnises at da school up in dat block wit da Ela classrooms. WERD! Miss Home skizzel for rizzel my nizzle. hope 2 see you in da hood one of these days. HARLEM!!
By; Jamilka and Achlely
(this was writen by jamilka)

message 8: by Ludi (new)

Ludi | 1 comments Congrats on being an aunt!!! :D

message 9: by Kevin (new)

Kevin | 2 comments Gratz!

message 10: by Kevin (new)

Kevin | 2 comments Hope you have a baby soon too!

message 11: by Jean (new)


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