Saint Francis and the Sow Discussion Questions

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Numerous fairy tales, such as "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Frog Prince," involve the magical transformation of ugliness into beauty, and occasionally vice-versa. Under what circumstances are fairy-tale characters transformed? What is the difference between transformation by "magic" and by "blessing"? What definition of "beauty" emerges from fairy tales? How does it compare and contrast with modern cultural notions of beauty?

Collect advertisements which feature pigs as part of the product's name, appeal, or persuasion from different decades in the twentieth century. What images of pigs emerge? How does that image change over time?

Research a saint's life, and (a) write a one-act play, or (b) produce a short film which dramatizes both the extraordinary and the ordinary features of that person's character and life.

Write a poem, story, or memoir about something you either witnessed or experienced which involved remembrance and blessing.

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