Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life [Edited by George Woodcock] Topics for Discussion

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Discuss why the narrator decides to desert his ship, the USS Dolly. Is his plan well thought out? Does he accomplish his goals?

Discuss the motives and actions of Toby. Is he better prepared to escape to the interior of the island? Why is Toby deceived in his expectations when trying to escape through Happar territory?

Discuss the social system in Typee. Mehevi is thought of as a chief by the narrator, then as the King of Typee valley. What privileges does he have? What are his privileges compared to the King of Hawaii?

Discuss the relationships between Tommo, Fayaway, and Kory-Kory. Is there implied a sexual relationship between Tommo and Fayaway? What is the role in this of Tommo's near constant companion, Kory-Kory?

Discuss the concept of taboo. What makes an object or person taboo? Is it totally arbitrary or is taboo given...

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