Jayber Crow: A Novel Topics for Discussion

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What is Wendell Berry telling us, if anything, about progress? Is he sensible in his views or radical? Is progress bad or good, or is he neutral? Analyze and discuss his views on progress, including the old and the new slavery.

Why does Jayber Crow describe himself as an "ineligible" bachelor, even before he personally commits his heart to Mattie? What can you gather about Jayber's personality, given this description?

Discuss Cecelia Overhold's role in Jayber's life. What might be some reasons that she targeted him as an enemy? Why do you suppose Berry included her character in the story?

Discuss the nature and origins of Jayber Crow's deep and abiding love for Mattie Keith Chatham. What is it about Mattie that makes him so attracted to her? What did his commitment to her symbolize, if anything?

Was Jayber in love with Clydie? Why did he leave...

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