Course 3—Lecture

LitCourse 3
How to Read: Finding meaning 


Evaluating Literature—character

Characterization is brilliantly handled in this very short story. We come to know three characters rather well —including the mother, who isn't even present.

Father—spontaneous (loves jazz), risk-taker, disregards rules (removes road barrier).
Son—fears risk, orderly (clothes on numbered hangers), plans ahead (asks for homework in advance).
Mother—angry (perhaps justified), orderly, perfectionist (dinner candles waiting to be lit).

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