Henderson the Rain King Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does Henderson describe himself?

He describes himself as a rich man who inherits three million dollars from his father, a well-known author. He is an ivy league graduate, tall and big with a huge head and nose, suspicious eyes and blustering ways.

2. Describes Henderson's life so far.

He is one of three siblings, but the only surviving child, for which his father never wholly forgives him. He marries Frances, an attractive girl from his social class to please his father. Frances is also a schizophrenic and the couple divorces after twenty years and five children. Henderson concedes that he is also probably mad and that he drinks too much.

3. Why are Henderson's books so important to him?

Henderson has inherited thousands of books which he reads for guidance when he is unhappy. He is particularly moved by the phrase, "The forgiveness of sins is perpetual and righteousness is not required." Often when he searches through the books, money, which his father had used as bookmarks, falls out.

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