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Study Questions

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  1. How would you describe the speaker's tone in the poem? How does her tone contribute to the poem's themes?
  2. Why does the girlchild go "to and fro apologizing"? What's the speaker trying to say in these lines?
  3. What's with the absurd imagery of the girl cutting off her nose and legs? Is there anything symbolic about the girl's actions? 
  4. How is society at large portrayed in this poem? Do you agree or disagree with how the speaker depicts "everyone"?
  5. What's the point of the girlchild having a "putty nose" and wearing a "nightie" in her casket? How does this image make you feel? Why do you feel that way?
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