The Man Who Loved Children Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the opening scene of 'The Man Who Loved Children'.

'The Man Who Loved Children' opens with Henny Pollit returning home from a shopping trip, and her children come to examine the contents of her bags, and to analyze her purchases.

2. Describe Henny's relationship with relation to the children?

Louie is not Henny's child, she is Sam's child by a previous marriage, but the other children are hers, and if she finds Louie unbearable, she finds them all overwhelming, and dreams of retreating from them to her own 'special place'. She yells at them all, even Ernie, her favorite.

3. How does the narrator describe Louie's personality?

Louie is in charge of the children while her parents are away, and this brings out the friendly and benevolent aspect of her personality--the narrator says that she is stricter and more rigid with the children while her parents are at home.

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