Sethe is an ex-slave from Kentucky. What problems do you think Sethe faces as a slave here? Was it worse in other places? How do you think it has shaped Sethe as a person?
Discuss the connotations of the word "nigger"?
1) What is its original meaning and what has it come to mean?
2) Why is it considered so wrong to use it now?
3) Do you think the word has become too powerful?
A ghost haunts 124. What do you think the ghost symbolizes? Why do you think they are so ready to believe in a ghost?
Think about Paul D's time in prison in Georgia. What do you think conditions were like? How would you have coped in similar conditions?
In the book, Sethe tried to kill her children and succeeded in killing one. How do you think it has affected them? Can they remember?
Paul D says it...
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