The Dew Breaker – Discussion Questions

Edwidge Danticat

The Dew Breaker

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The Dew Breaker – Discussion Questions

1. This novel is divided into a series of nine interrelated stories, as opposed to following one story throughout. Why do you think that Danticat chooses to structure the novel in this way? What do you think this structure has to do with her goal of portraying Haiti’s past under a dictatorial regime?

2. Dany, one of the dew breaker’s tenants, enters the dew breaker’s bedroom at night and contemplates killing him, because this man has killed Dany’s parents. Does Dany make the right decision in letting the dew breaker live? Why, or why not?

3. This novel seems equally divided between male and female characters. What do you think Danticat’s intention is in this regard? What similarities and differences do you see in the experiences of male and female characters in The Dew Breaker?

4. One of the questions left for the reader to resolve is whether or not we can forgive the dew breaker,…

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