Welcome To The Secret Garden Party!!!
Welcome to the Secret Garden Party…. “SSSQQQQUUUEEE!” Thank you to everyone who joined me on this adventure of reading The Secret Garden. This was my first time through this book and I listened to it on audio.
Here is how todays party will work:
For those of you who have signed on to do this read-a-long and are posting your reviews and thoughts today, the link to add your posts is below where it says click here.
Since this is a party… we have some fun giveaways – if you link your review that gives you one entry… for participating in the discussion questions you will get a second entry.
Whats up for the giveaway?
A new copy of The Secret Garden DVD
A new copy of Little Lord Faunterleroy (also written by Frances Hodgson Burnett)
Here are the questions for our discussion:
1. When Mary loses both of her parents to the epidemic, why do you feel she expresses no grief for them but is more concerned with who will now take care of her?
2. Mary and Colin are often described as being unpleasant and rude. Martha, in fact, says Mary is “as tyrannical as a pig” and that Colin is the “worst young newt as ever was.” Why are both of these children so ill-tempered? Whom does Burnett hold responsible for their behavior—themselves or their parents? How does this fit into one of the larger themes of the novel, that of the “fallen world of adults”?
3. Upon Mary’s first encounter with Dickon, Burnett describes the boy in this way: “His speech was so quick and easy. It sounded as if he liked her and was not the least afraid she would not like him, though he was a common moor boy, in patched clothes and with a funny face and a rough, rusty-red head. As she came closer to him she noticed that there was a clean fresh scent of heather and grass and leaves about him, almost as if he were made of them.” What is significant about this passage? Are there any particular motifs that seem to be connected specifically to Dickon?
4. Why do you feel Mr. Craven has avoided his son Colin so? In the end, is Craven worthy of Colin’s forgiveness?
5. What role does the robin play in the book?
6. How does “Indian-ness” function in the novel? How does class and status?
7. Which characters are most strongly associated with the world of the manor house? Which characters are most strongly associated with the secret garden? What does this opposition suggest?
8. Which narrative features were employed by the author to make The Secret Garden speak to children? Why do you think this novel appeals to an adult audience as well? What makes it a classic?
9. Was the Secret Garden what you thought it would be? What did you enjoy most about this read? What do you think makes it a classic?
(in the comments – you may answer as many or as few as the questions you like as well as add your own questions to the discussion.)
*Note ever if you have not participated in this read a long please feel free to participate in the conversation and respond to the questions – one non read a long participant who joins in the discussion in the comments will receive a $5 Amazon gift card.
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All winners will be announced on Friday June 1st during the Morning Meanderings.
I would love your input on what our next party should be… please vote!