Blog posts and presentations due: Wednesday, November 6
- Group 5: How Flush is happier with Miss Barrett than with Miss Mitford.
- Group 6: Why did Woolf tell a story from a dog’s point of view?
Write a post here of about 200 words discussing one of these suggested questions; or make your post a reply to someone else; or write about something else that interests you. For the group project, choose one story per group. Your project must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. Speak to me or e-mail me to have your topic approved.
- Do you think Flush has a better life as a house dog with Miss Barrett? Wouldn’t he have been happier as an outdoor dog with Miss Mitford? It seems strange that in a novel about liberty, Flush isn’t free– or is he, especially in Italy?
- Do you think Miss Barrett is actually sick, or just crushed by her oppressive father?
- Woolf feels that the ‘democracy’ of dogs is better than the class distinctions of England. Is this true? Are dogs really ‘democratic’?
- Woolf doesn’t seem to like her country; she compares the stagnant, authoritarian England vs. warm freedom in Italy. Or is it just because her father is there? Discuss.
- What does the episode of Flush being stolen by thieves tell us about Miss Barrett, or Mr. Browning, or others?
- Why tell a story from a dog’s point of view? Why not just write a novel about Elizabeth Barrett Browning?
- The end of Flush’s life is told very quickly. Do you think there is a reason why?
- Critics have accused Woolf of being a snob; and in Flush the few working-class people we meet are servants or thieves. Is this true?
- Flush isn’t always a good dog; he sulks and gets jealous when Miss Barrett begins to date, or when her baby is born. Why does Woolf tell us this?
- What other things do you notice that are interesting in the novella?