Tenderness Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Tenderness is a powerful novel that confronts significant issues and is an excellent vehicle for discussing the problems of contemporary society. It presents a complex look at a morally bankrupt society that has failed to help children become caring, moral, reasonable, and balanced individuals who can connect with others as they try to enrich their lives. However, this same society holds all citizens responsible for their actions.

Cormier also suggests that everyone is both monster and victim in this type of environment.

1. Why does the work start with Lori talking to the reader? What do you learn about her in this section and how does it set up the action for the rest of the novel?

2. What does the author's use of a different voice for Eric tell us about him? How do you feel when you read the first "Eric" section?

3. Describe Eric's relationship with his mother...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Tenderness from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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