Black Swan Green Discussion Questions

David Mitchell

Black Swan Green

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Black Swan Green Discussion Questions

1 – Is the bullying Jason Taylor experiences in this book normal, simply a manifestation of the adage “boys will be boys”? Why or why not?

2 – Using any of the bullies (Ross Wilcox, Gary Drake or Grant Burch) as an example, explain what might lead these boys to their cruel behavior. Do you believe the events of the book will change these bullies, or is it “once a bully, always a bully”?

3 – What seems to cause Jason’s stammer, and how does he gain control over it? In what ways does his limited access to words shape who Jason is?

4 – One of Jason’s biggest fears is being labeled “gay,” although he is clearly interested in girls. How does this fear limit him? What conclusions does Jason draw about masculinity?

5 – Why doesn’t Jason confide in either of his parents about his troubles at school, the broken watch,…

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