11-10-2008 12:47 AM - edited 11-10-2008 12:50 AM
How are the changes in Karla reflected in the evolution of her relationships with others -- Mike, Khaled, Audrey, even Mrs. Mee? What do you think drew Karla to Mike and how does Khaled fulfill a very different need? What gives Karla the strength to make the choice she makes as the novel ends?
How is it true that, as Karla reflects, "...sin had made her a better person" (p. 295)?
What were some significant moments for Karla?
11-10-2008 10:15 AM
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11-10-2008 08:24 PM
I agree with both of your comments. The Karla of the earlier chapters is so afraid to makes waves or to not fulfill the role that's been imposed on her by others. She thinks, at one point, about how she took on the role of the compassionate one in the family and stopped even questioning it a long time ago, but really she feels rage at being stuck in this position.
I wonder if, by the end, she has decided not to emulate her parents -- not to smother her anger and desires like Audrey, or sneak around like Joel?
Karla has an interesting take on Joel's adultery, which she expresses in the chapter in which she and Rosa visit Berenice (Chap. 20). Is her sympathetic view of her father's affair informed by her own situation? Or her forgiving nature?...
11-21-2008 03:35 PM
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