Without Feathers Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Where does the title of this book come from and what does the title seem to mean?

The title of this book comes from an Emily Dickinson quote where she calls "the thing with feathers." The title "Without Feathers" seems to mean without hope or hopeless.

2. What ailment does Woody's nephew seem to have and what does this cause Woody to think of regarding Emily Dickinson's quote?

Woody's nephew suffers from an ailment where he is covered in feathers. In regard to Emily Dickinson's quote about "the thing with feathers," Woody seems to think that refers to his nephew.

3. What happens to Woody's and W.'s relationship?

Woody and W's relationship comes to an end when W runs off with a circus geek.

4. What are some of the worries or anxieties that Woody shares in the opening section of the book?

Woody has a lot of worries that he shares, one is that he is convinced that if his soul lives on with no body, his clothes will be too loose. A second anxiety he has is the guilt that he feels for hating his father.

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