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by Guy Delisle

Pyongyang Questions

  1. How do you feel about Guy as a narrator? Does he do a good job of explaining why North Korea is the way it is? What does he do well? What do you wish he explored more?
  2. How does Guy’s animation job work as a microcosm for North Korea?
  3. What parallels are there between George Orwell’s 1984 (the book Guy brings on his trip) and North Korea?
  4. What does the paper airplane symbolize? Freedom? Control? Guy Delisle’s littering habit?
  5. Do Guy’s friends have distinct personalities, or are they as interchangeable as he makes the North Koreans out to be?
  6. How does Guy’s capitalistic nature put him at odds with the North Koreans?
  7. If you had the opportunity to travel to North Korea, would you? If you would, what would you want to do there?
  8. What would be the worst part of living in North Korea?
  9. Is capitalism the answer to North Korea’s problems, or is it part of the problem itself?
  10. How does Pyongyang encourage you to think for yourself?

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