The Water Is Wide Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Due to its reflection of social attitudes tied to a particular time frame in American history, this novel allows an opportunity for comparison and contrast of its social mores with those of a more contemporary time. Almost all readers will admit to some type of prejudice, allowing them to identify with the "trouble makers" of this novel. Concurrently, mos't will identify with Conroy's idealism in trying to counter age-old ideas. The frustrations he encounters may be experienced vicariously by readers, allowing discussion of how they might have handled his situation.

Discussion groups might focus upon the idea of morals as dictated by religion and also as dictated by society, evaluating differences and similarities.

Comparisons of stereotypes in the South to those in other regions of the country, and in other types of regional fiction, will prove stimulating.

1. What exactly is Pat Conroy's mission? Do you feel that he...

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