Discussion Questions: The Song of the Lark

May 11, 2010 at 12:05 am 1 comment

Yes, that’s THE Song of the Lark — I accidentally omitted the first article in last week’s post. So far, I am wondering why I spent so much time studying Theodore Dreiser while Willa Cather is clearly superior.  But enough about that — on to the questions!

  • The structure of Sister Carrie and The Song of the Lark is quite similar, especially in the way that Thea goes to Chicago before moving onward and upward to New York City. What significance do these two cities have in The Song of the Lark, and how do the cities differ from one another?
  • How easily were you able to identify with Thea? At what points in the book were you most able to connect with her character?
  • Cather often uses musical lyrics to indicate a character’s present situation or state of mind. Choose one such instance as an example and discuss whether this technique is effective. (You may also do this with descriptions of clothing in the book, though musical lyrics seems more appropriate.)

I hope you are enjoying this book as much as I am! See you all on Thursday :)

– KT


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  • 1. silverseason  |  May 12, 2010 at 2:16 am

    The Song of the Lark is my favorite of all of Cather’s books. I liked the fact that the drive of heroine is as much for achievement and expression as it is for love and relationships. She really wants it all, but mostly she wants to sing. I was also impressed by the section about going to New Mexico and feeling the power of the ancient peoples. It strengthened her character.


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