Son of Satan | Spørgsmål | Charles Bukowski | Opgave

Indholdsfortegnelse
6.3 Interpretation

1. Establish time, place, and characters in the introductory paragraph.

2. Describe the hierarchy of the three boys - who seems to have the leading word?

3. “Look who is playing with himself” - Explain the sexual associations of the pun (=ordspil). Find similar examples in the text for discussion.

4. How do the boys bully and intimidate Simpson verbally and physically?

5. Simpson’s reactions: he is terrified, put up a resistance, is frightened out of his wits, gives up, is a sissy? Which words are best and why?

6. What is the purpose of the “kangaroo court”? Establish the different roles of the three boys. Show how the boys try to “act the part”. Where have the boys learned about the methods and language of such a court?

7. “I was the young leader”. Why does this position make him start a crusade? (=korstog)

8. “I felt like letting him go”. Find examples to show the narrator’s mixed feelings.

9. Afterward the main character considers the situation he has just been through. He feels: desperate, faint, confused, guilty, empty, sorry, afraid, evil.

10. What is it about Simpson that makes the other boys bully him?

11. Describe the physical appearance of the narrator’s father.

12. Describe the confrontation between father and son: What describes the narrator best: playing strong, fearless, aggressive, subdued, scared. Give your reason for your choice of three.

13. “You are surely the Son of Satan. You are not my son!” (p. 45). Do you think the father has a right to reject his son? Who is Satan in this story?

14. The themes in the story are: violence and bullying, abuse, inheritance, the problem of evil. Choose two and explain your choice

6.4 Texting

Narrator
1. Who tells the story? Is he reliable?

Point of view
1. Is it a limited point of view?
2. In the final scene, what do we get to know through the father’s voice?

Time aspect
1. When does he tell the story?
2. How old was he when the events took place?
3. How does the time gap affect our reading of the story?

Character
1. Examine the characters and how they are presented?
2. How is dialogue used to show the sides of the characters?
3. Has the main character learned anything from his childhood experiences?

Tone
1. How does the author work on our feelings to create this atmosphere of disgust and compassion?

Uddrag
12. Describe the confrontation between father and son:

What describes the narrator best: playing strong, fearless, aggressive, subdued, scared. Give your reason for your choice of three.

- We would say that he was playing strong and fearless but at the same time he was scared. Playing strong and fearless in the way that he just stands up and tells his father to fight him, after the father says that he will beat the narrator.

He was also scared because he knew what the father could do, and it also says in the story that the son laughed nervously.

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1. Who tells the story? Is he reliable?

- The narrator of “Son of Satan” by Charles Bukowski is an 11-year old boy.

He seems trustworthy because of the way he shares his feelings with us, throughout the story. But he could also be not that reliable because of his age.

But in the way, he describes what all people say and do, he seems quite reliable.

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