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Black Swan Green (8/09) > Who would Jason be without his stammer?

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message 1: by Sally (new)

Sally (Mostly_Literary) | 72 comments Mod
Imagine Jason without a stammer. How would the novel be different?

message 2: by Robin (new)

Robin | 52 comments I don't think the novel would be so very different. If Jason wasn't afflicted with a stammer he would have some other weak point that young boys would find to pick on. Of course if he was not presented with some "weakness" in the novel he would not be a true representation of a 13 year old boy.

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Michelle Lemaster (21treehugger) | 36 comments I totally agree. If Jason hadn't had the stutter there would have been something to make him feel different. I imagine if we could tap into any one of the boys heads (or girls for that matter!), each one would have feelings of isolation on some point. Even Wilcox. He would just use his difference to justify treating maggots as such! I would think, without his stammer, Jason's sense of difference, or the picked-on point, would be more about him not having lived in Black Swan Green his whole life.

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