Gift from the Sea Reading Guide Questions
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assignment into a Word document.
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to class each day.
beach is not the place to work; to read, write or think. I should have
remembered that from other years." (p 15)
To what extent do you agree or disagree with AML's statement?
does AML mean by wanting "to live 'in grace’.'"? (p. 23)
To what extent, as you begin your senior year, do you feel that you
are "living in grace"?
AML begins to "simplify" her outer life, (her clothing, her
house) what "inner" changes occur as well?
of outward life is not enough. It is merely the outside. But I am starting
with the outside. I am looking at the outside of a shell, the outside of my
life--the shell. The complete answer is not to be found on the outside, in
an outward mode of living. This is only a technique, a road to grace. The
final grace, I know is always inside." (p. 35)
What does AML mean? Do
you agree or disagree with her point?---explain
can you apply the "technique" of simplification to yourself as you
begin your senior year? Be
Gift from the Sea--Chapter
seem so frightened today of being alone that we never let it happen."
(p. 41) What does AML mean by this statement?
what extent is this true in your life?
is the difference between isolation and solitude?
must re-learn to be alone....[we must] practice the art of solitude."
(p. 42) What does AML mean by this?
do you think she calls solitude and "art" and why does she say we
have to "practice" it?
uses several metaphors in this essay. One is the metaphor of a woman being
like a pitcher. Explain the
what extent is the metaphor true of women today?
Is it true of you? Give
daily life does not prepare us for contemplation."
(p. 54) What examples from life
in general, from your life specifically, support AML's point?
from the Sea--Chapters 4-5
the Double-Sunrise stage primarily focuses on the honeymoon years of
marriage, AML draws parallels to the relationships between parents and
children, and those between friends. She says, "Every realtionship
seems simple at its start....And then how swiftly, how inevitabily the
perfect unity is invaded; the relationship changes; it becomes complicated,
encumbered by its contact with the world." (p. 65) Do you think this is true of your relationship with your
parents? With your best friends? Explain.
a refound person can refind a personal relationship." (p. 69)
What does AML mean by this? To what extent do you agree?
what extent can the Oyster Bed stage be an appropriate symbol for senior
year? Be specific.
is the image or metaphor that AML uses in the Argonauta essay to represent
the "fully developed relationship"? How is the metaphor
is fear, I think, that makes one cling nostalgically to the last moment or
clutch greedily toward the next." (p.105)
To what extent is this true of seniors?
"simplification" is the key concept of the "Channeled
Whelk" essay, and "solitude" is the concept of the "Moonshell"
essay, what is the central concept of "A Few Shells"?
it is not the trivial which clutters our lives but the important as
well." (p 115) To what extent do you agree with AML?
How does this apply to you this year?
at the way AML ends the essay "The Beach at My Back."
Has she solved the problems of her life?
is ironic about the ending? What
is her point?