In the event you are speed readers and find yourselves plowing through the pages, I am opening up comments on chapters 6-10. I don’t know about you, but I am LOVING THIS BOOK!
Okay, here are a couple things to ponder:
1. How does the novel’s epigraph, the quote from Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hatches the Egg, apply to the novel? What are the roles and importance of faithfulness and loyalty in Water for Elephants? In what ways does Gruen contrast the antagonisms and cruelties of circus life with the equally impressive loyalties and instances of caring?
2. There is an “us and them” mentality in the circus between performers and workers. How does Jacob bridge these two classes of people? Why does each group hate another group? Does the circus merely mirror society in an exaggerated way?
(Discussion questions from the publisher)
You do not have to answer these questions only for the specified chapters. Actually, you don’t have to answer them at all! They’re merely to get the discussion flowing. For instance, if after you read the question, and an example from Chapter Two comes to mind, you can still comment on it in the “Chapters 6-10” page. We’re not crazy formal around here. In fact, much of the time when I am on this site, I’m not even wearing my bra!