Burmese Days Topics for Discussion

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Flory's definitive physical characteristic is his large birthmark—in most other respects he is an average physical specimen. He feels that the birthmark sets him essentially apart, and his upbringing is obviously complicated by it. Discuss how external features such as a birthmark are often used to justify discrimination.

Flory erroneously believes that Elizabeth could become his companion and could be taught to love Burma and the local culture. Elizabeth often overlooks Flory's views which are, to her, radical. Why do you think that people who are falling in love so often overlook each other's faults or shortcomings?

Do you find Ellis to be unlikable? Which aspect of his personality bothers you the most? Is he more unlikable than, say, Maxwell or Winfield?

Dan Lackersteen only wants to live life in order to have what he calls a 'good time'. What does Lackersteen mean by a...

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