A Gathering of Old Men
Study Questions and Suggested Essay Topics
Each chapter of the novel is told by a different narrator. Discuss the effect that this narrative technique creates. To what purpose does it serve?
Many of the old men express gratitude for the fact that they can confess to Beau's murder, even though they did not kill him. Why would they feel grateful when they could be possibly punished for their confessions?
Discuss the character of Gil Bauton. Discuss the symbolism of his role in the "Salt and Pepper" duo on the Louisiana State Football Team.
Suggested Essay Topics
Although book seems to deal mostly with men, black women are quiet but still strong characters in the novel. Discuss their role.
The book deals with many serious issues of miscarried justice. What do you think of the judge's final verdict? Why does the author choose to close the book with a comical courtroom scene after dealing with such serious issues?
Gaines frequently reports upon how the blacks have different skin tones. Why does Gaines think that this fact is important? Using at least three blacks as examples discuss their skin color in relation to their personality and the community.
On the way to Mathu's house, why do the old men linger in the cemetery? What does the graveyard represent?
Sheriff Mapes sits down and seems to give up during the shootout even though he is barely hurt. Why does he do this?
Discuss the character of Jack Marshall. Why does he spend his days in a drunken stupor? How do his daily actions relate to his family's history?
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