rohina at shaw.ca
Thu Dec 2 02:35:36 EST 2004
Just had my Witch Week discussion class which went very well. Here's my
topic for group discussion, and I thought people here might like to talk
In the Children's Lit class, one of our recurring discussion themes has
been how literature empowers children, both as readers and child
protagonists. I noticed when reading WW this time around that there are a
number of "protagonists" in the novel (in that we get the story from a
couple of points of view and there are a number of major characters). So I
gave each group a character (Charles Morgan, Brian, Nan, Estelle, Nirupam)
and asked: how does this character become empowered in the book? We also
did Simon and Theresa to look at characters who perhaps do not succeed as
the book goes on.
This lead to some very interesting discussion, including the comment that
Charles experiences magic in a way that can be seen as a close parallel to
drug use (knows its wrong, tries it, gets hooked, goes a little nuts).
Any insights to offer?
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