Ruth Hall and Other Writings Topics for Discussion

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Discuss how the author uses short chapters and frequent scene changes to set the tone for the book.

How is Ruth Hall an unconventional heroine for the mid 1800s?

How does Fanny Fern use this fictional story to satirize 19th century society?

Why is Ruth Hall often considered modern writing and ahead of its time?

What portions of Ruth Hall do you find outdated or overly sentimental?

What evidence can you find in Fanny Fern's writing style that reveals she was a journalist?

In what ways does Fanny Fern speak to ordinary 19th century women through her writing in Ruth Hall?

Was Fanny Fern a feminist? Why or why not?

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