Jailbird Topics for Discussion

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In what ways do the metaphoric associations of the name "Kilgore Trout" (see Prologue Analysis) manifest throughout the book? Specifically, in what ways does the novel explore the idea of layers of identity? In what ways does it explore one identity showing up in several (sometimes surprising/sometimes coincidental) ways?

In what way does the quote from the letter ostensibly written to the author (see "Prologue Summary") apply to the book's plot, theme, and/or central relationships?

Why does Ruth believe she would give birth to a monster? Discuss possible reasons why Starbuck's son turned out the way he did - or at least the way Starbuck says he did.

Discuss the symbolic/metaphoric value of the deterioration of the Arapahoe Hotel, once a symbol of opulence and home to those wishing to live an evidently capitalist life, into a grimy, broken down, barely inhabited porn palace...

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