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In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Topics for Discussion

How does Abbott compare a prisoner to a bull and the prison system to a bullfighting ring? How does Abbott compare a prisoner to a dog and the prison system to a dog trainer?

What appeal does Abbott find in Communism? Why does he prefer it over other political systems? What is his hope for the world in regards to Communism?

How does Abbott feel about capital punishment? How does he feel about convicted killer Gary Gilmore's decision to skip the appeals process and proceed directly to execution?

Why does Abbott use drugs such as heroin and marijuana? What does he achieve by using them?

Describe "the hole" as Abbott relates it. What makes solitary confinement much worse than normal prison?

How does Abbott relate American racism to the prison system? What form does racism take inside prison culture?

According to Abbott, why must a man be...

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