Non-Western Literature

Discussion Questions for Belli, week 2


These questions should be reviewed before reading the material, as well as after. Be prepared to answer these questions in class.
  1. Compare and contrast the background and current situations of Lavinia, Lucretia, Flor, and Sara. What are the options available to Latin women according to this text?

  2. Why do the guerillas use euphemisms like "the Organization" and "the family" instead of calling themselves "the rebels" or "the guerillas?

  3. Explain the significance of Lavinia hiding the papers in a doll, a symbol of her childhood.

  4. Why does nobody notice that Lavinia is involved with the revolution? Wouldn't people notice that she's gone a lot on weekends, and not going to the bars anymore, etc.

  5. What exactly were the rebels trying to accomplish with their mission on the general's house? Explain whether you think they really had a chance to succeed.