The Tale of Beatrix Potter Discussion Questions

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1. To be eccentric means to be unusual or "outside the center of things." In what ways do you think Beatrix Potter was truly an eccentric? In what ways was she not eccentric at all?

2. Potter believed in the importance of heredity in the formation of character, and as she grew older she liked to draw attention to "what she regarded as the outcroppings of native Crompton rock in her own character." How would you describe the influence of her grandparents and the Crompton family legends on Potter's life?

3. Potter once remarked, "I can't invent; I only copy." To what extent is this a true statement? How can one who copies also be creative?

4. A modern reader may be surprised to learn that Potter was outspokenly opposed to women's liberation. Can you explain this stand in terms of her character and upbringing?

5. In the later part of her...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
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