“Amundsen”

This week’s published piece is a recent short story from the New Yorker. “Amundsen” by Alice Munro is a story about  a young woman from Toronto who begins teaching at a children’s TB Sanatorium  in Canada during WII. In this isolated town in the woods, she meets the condescending Dr. Fox ,”the sort of person who posed questions that were traps for you to fall into.”

1) While reading the story, keep in mind the line above while analyzing the relationship between Dr. Fox and Vivien Hyde. How does Dr. Fox accomplish the above description? And how does the author show this throughout the story?

2) A young strong-spirited girl consistently appears throughout the story. What is Mary’s significance? Basically, why did the author choose to include her?

3) What is your interpretation of the ending?

4) Take a close look at the climax scene in the car (page 21 of the word doc that I sent out). What does Munro accomplish by not actually showing you the dialogue and scene of what is supposed to be the most powerful moment in the main character’s life?

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