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Questions for Discussion 1.
Why do you think the Irish had such a rosy view of America? As Eilis begins night classes in accounting, she notes the divisions between Italian and Jewish students, and the lack of English or other Irish students.
How does Eilis react to the divisions among Europeans immigrants from different countries, as well as those between white and black Americans? How are the traditional ethnic lines of Brooklyn beginning to break down in the s?
When Eilis and Tony first meet, she seems more interested in him as an escape from her troublesome housemates than as a genuine romantic interest. Tony, however, is clear about his love for Eilis from the start. Why do you think Eilis is hesitant in her feelings? Some characters in the novel are referred to as Miss or Mrs.
Does this reflect their relationship with Eilis? Why would Colm Toibin make this stylistic choice? Do you see her primarily as a career-motivated woman, or as a wife and mother? How does Toibin present the conflict between job and family in the s?
How is it different today? When the clerk of the law bookstore in Manhattan engages her in conversation, Eilis displays an ignorance of the Holocaust that would startle us today.
How do you explain her confusion? What does it tell us about the Ireland—and New York—of the s? Something happens to Rose that, in retrospect, makes you reexamine the reasons she might have urged Eilis to move to America. Discuss this. The Golden Son. Shilpi Somaya Gowda.
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