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The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black


by Susan Hill

The Woman in Black Theme of Revenge

To Jennet, revenge is a dish best served cold... or hot, or on the side, or fried up in a tasty hash, or pretty much any way she can get it. What we're saying is that this chick likes revenge. Even though her son Nathaniel's death was no one's fault, she's super cheesed at the injustices that have been piled on her. But she's not content to stew in her own hatred. In death, she takes it out on other people's children—and in a final, heartbreaking twist, on Arthur as well. But will that be enough for her?

Questions About Revenge

  1. Why is Jennet so bent on revenge when her sister is already dead? Is she mad at her sister, or is she mad at her whole society?
  2. Is Jennet taking revenge on people for what happened before or after Nathaniel died? Why is she taking it out on people who may not even have been alive when her son died?
  3. Does Arthur want to get revenge on the woman in black? How could you get revenge on a ghost?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Jennet is taking revenge on the community that would not allow her to raise her own son.

In taking revenge on Arthur, the woman in black brings resolution to the whole story... even if it's kind of bleak.

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