Friedman's Fables Topics for Discussion

Edwin Friedman
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Identify the protagonist and antagonist for each fable. Discuss the protagonist's journey of transformation and the role played by the antagonist in defining and shaping that journey.

Identify the moral value explored in each fable, and discuss the point/statement made about those moral values.

Consider the fables with so-called "ambivalent" perspectives on individuality such as the "The Power of Belief," "Soaring," "Symbiosis," "Attachment," and "Jean and Jane." Discuss the positive and negative aspects of individuality as defined in these stories. What thematically relevant point is each story ultimately making about individuality?

Discuss the ways in which the collection portrays community. Consider primarily "The Friendly Forest," "The Power of Belief," "Attachment," "Burnout," and "Narcissus," but look at the other stories as well for implied statements on the nature and function of community.

Do you think the Man on the Bridge would have behaved differently...

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