Discussion Questions: Gigi & My Mother’s House
Welcome back to another week of LT Classics Challenge discussion questions! This week we are taking a closer look at Colette and comparing two very different pieces of her work: Gigi and My Mother’s House. Discussion will be open for business next Thursday, but just to get us in the mood and thinking a bit, here are the starter questions for next week:
Reading Gigi and My Mother’s House, I couldn’t help being a tad incredulous that they were even written by the same person! There are many differences between the two, but let’s look at the one big similarity: strong women. Do you think Colette’s portrayals of Gigi’s grandmothers and Sido can be taken as a broader truth about what women were like in France at the time? Or do you think Colette’s strong women are anomalies with attention given to them by the author because of their uniqueness?
In Gigi, Gigi’s rebellion takes the form of a desire for the more traditional life of marriage and security as she denies her grandmothers’ freer lifestyles. What do you make of the fact that, in essense, Gigi rebels by conforming?
And, as always, please do say what your favorite and least favorite part is! Remember, any comment enters you in a drawing to win a beautiful Penguin clothbound classic. Gigi in particular is nice and short (I read it during one 40-minute bus ride!), so please do read along!
See you next week for discussion!
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