might think the fact that Mik is hearing impaired is no big deal. After all,
she doesn't like people treating her differently because of it, and she makes a
point of <em>not </em>improving
her hearing with swanky new aids when she gets the chance.
think her suffering <em>because
</em>of her lack of hearing is really important to her character and <em>The Orange Houses</em>.
Why? Well, for starters, she makes a big deal about it herself. The fact that
she wants people to know she chooses not to hear sometimes by switching her
hearing aids off tells us a lot about her. Plus, we can't help but notice that
she does get bullied and mocked at school simply for being different. Mik may
act all cool, in other words, but we think she's hiding from a world of hurt
that's just Mik. Fatima and Jimmi suffer in their own ways, too, each
shouldering burdens as the story unfolds.
Questions About Suffering
Why do you think Mik doesn't want newer, improved hearing aids? What advantages does she see to her old ones?
suffer because she is hearing impaired? In what ways does she enjoy her limited
Mik try to limit her suffering through her hearing aids? Why does she like them
on mute so much?
attitude toward her hearing aids change over the novel? Why or why not?
Chew on This
suffers more when she can hear and her hearing aids are on.
suffers more when her hearing aids are off and she can't hear.