Friend of My Youth: Stories Topics for Discussion

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Discuss the theme of betrayal in Munro's stories. Who is betrayed and why? Are there different kinds of betrayal and what are the reasons for it? Is betrayal ever justified? What is the worst kind of betrayal?

How is age represented in Munro's stories? What kind of behavior do characters of different ages display? How does age change their views and values? What do they learn from looking back at the past? Does age inevitably bring regret?

A major theme of these stories is the darkness that lies under human nature. Discuss this theme.

How does Munro use imagery and metaphor to enhance the atmosphere and meaning of her stories?

Discuss repression and shame in these stories. What causes guilt and what leads to its repression? Do characters ever feel guilty for the wrong things? Are there characters who should feel more shame than...

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