Study Guide

The Danish Girl Love

By David Ebershoff

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Every QUILTBAG wants love. Not following? Quiltbag stands for Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender/Transsexual, Bisexual, Allied/Asexual, and Gay/Genderqueer. Pretty much everyone falls into this acronym, and everyone wants to find love. In The Danish Girl, Lili is no exception, and she wants to experience love with someone who loves her for her. That can be hard for a transgender person even in present day, but in 1930, it seems like it would be impossible. Good news, though: She finds love easier than you might expect.

Questions About Love

  1. With Einar's two different gender identities, love becomes complicated. Does Einar love Greta the same way Lili does? What about Greta? Does she love Einar and Lili equally?
  2. Why does Greta find it difficult to love? Did she love her two husbands equally? Does Greta love Hans, her likeliest candidate for a third husband?
  3. How would Lili's search for love be different if it were to take place in present day?

Chew on This

Lili knows that Henrik is the right person for her because he loves her for who she is on the inside, not what her body looks like.

Greta and Lili love each other, but more like BFFs than as spouses.

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