Examine the concept of imprisonment that is presented in the book. Why do you believe it took the children so long to accept that their imprisonment would be permanent?
Wealth is an important theme throughout much of the book and controls how many of the characters act. Part 1.) What role does money play in the mother's life and why does she appear to need it so badly? Part 2.) How does the grandmother use her wealth as a way of controlling the Mother and the children? Part 3.) Based on the impact wealth plays in the lives of the book's characters, what conclusion might the author want the reader to come to regarding the nature of wealth?
Discuss the dual nature of the grandmother that is portrayed in the book. What do you think is the grandmother's true feelings regarding the children, based on her mixture of punishment and occasional...
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