The Wishing Tree Topics for Discussion

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1. How is the plot of the story based on the elements of a child's birthday party, such as waking up on the special day, having guests for a party, making of a birthday wish, and receiving presents?

What makes this particular birthday special for Dulcie?

2. How is this story about disappointment as well as fulfillment? Why did Faulkner not tell a more optimistic birthday story? Or is the ending more optimistic than it first appears?

3. What gifts does Dulcie receive for her birthday? Does she also receive a new understanding of life as an adult?

4. What kinds of adults do we meet in the story? Do they seem happy and satisfied with life? What sorts of problems do these adults have?

5. Discuss the fundamental symbols in the story—the wishing tree and the gray river at the end. What do the tree and the river symbolize...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The Wishing Tree 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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