Beartown Short Essay - Answer Key

Fredrik Backman
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1. From what narrative perspective is the novel related? How does this impact the story?

The novel Beartown is related from the perspective of a third-person omniscient narrator. The impact that this has on the story is that it allows the reader to see inside the hearts and minds of various characters rather than just the protagonist as in other novels.

2. What sound is indicated in italics in Chapter 2? What does this foreshadow?

Throughout Chapter 2, the author intersperses the word "bang." Sometimes there is one bang and sometimes there are several. It has already been established in Chapter 1 that this story involves a teenager holding a gun to another teenager's head and pulling the trigger. The bangs foretell what will lead up to this.

3. How is the economy and vitality of Beartown described in the narrative?

Beartown is, like many rural towns across Sweden, on a severe economic decline. Factories and plants have relocated to the larger towns and along with them have gone many of the inhabitants.

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