Climbing the Stairs Topics for Discussion

T. V. Padma
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How is the chess game between Kitta and Vidya in The Chess Game symbolic of their differences about the war and nonviolence? Who is teaching who during the game? Who teaches who during the war?

Explain appa's beliefs about caste.

1) What are his beliefs?

2) Why does he feel this way?

3) How does appa treat their servants?

4) What does appa think about being Brahmin?

5) How has being Brahmin helped appa?

6) How has being Brahmin hurt him?

Compare and contrast appa's faith to periappa's faith. What is similar in their spiritual beliefs? What is different about their spiritual beliefs? How do they show these similarities and differences?

How are Jews, like Rifka, treated in India? What Hindu beliefs may contribute to this treatment? How are Jews begin treated in the rest of the world during this time?

Compare and contrast the treatment of Jews and Indians...

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