Being There Topics for Discussion

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Discuss the title of the novel. Does it accurately reflect the content of the story? What would you suggest as an alternate title?

Describe the author's viewpoint on the media using only this book as a resource.

Chance was not allowed any visitors during his life with the Old Man, but was allowed to watch television as much as he pleased. Does Chance's love of television help him relate to other people?

Compare and contrast the Old Man and Benjamin Rand. How did each man treat Chance? How did Chance respond to them?

Chance is described as being "damaged". Did it help or hinder him to be shut off from society?

Nature and gardening are used as metaphors throughout the book. Are there other metaphors that could have been used just as effectively?

Discuss the author's depiction of politics. Are the politicians in the...

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