Ham on Rye Topics for Discussion

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Describe Henry's relationship with his father. What is it that causes the first of the beatings? What stops them?

Describe Henry's relationship with his mother. What does he say to her when the first beating is over? What is her reply?

When Henry breaks out with the "acne vulgaris", he's sent to a public hospital. Describe the treatment. What was Henry's attitude about the diagnosis and the treatment? What part of the treatment does Henry like? Why?

When Henry meets the girls at the beach, he declines to go off to play with them. Why? What is Henry's reaction to his decision? Do you believe he had another option?

Becker says Henry is hiding from reality by drinking so much. Why does Henry seek solace in the drinking? How does he have his first taste of wine? What is his reaction then?

Describe three instances in which...

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