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The Member of the Wedding

Carson McCullers

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Study Questions and Suggested Essay Topics

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How and when did Frankie's mother die?

Why does Frankie want to change her name to F. Jasmine?

What major event in World War II is taking place during the main events of the novella?

Why does Frankie spend so much time thinking about the House of the Freaks?

What is the significance of the character Barney MacKean?

Why is Frankie so excited about the wedding?

Why does Berenice think that Frankie is so wound up about the wedding in the opening of the novella?

Why does F. Jasmine wander the town on Saturday morning?

Which two characters die during the course of the story?

Whom does F. Jasmine think she sees out of the corner of her eyes when returning from home from town Saturday afternoon?

What is the main topic of conversation between Berenice, John Henry and F. Jasmine over dinner on Saturday?

What noise from outside starts to irritate everyone during dinner on Saturday?

What would Berenice do if she were God and could change the world?

What kind of haircut does Frankie have?

What word does F. Jasmine use to sum up the aggressive sexual behavior of the Soldier?

Why does Berenice say that it is illegal to change one's name?

What does Frankie think the Marlowes are doing when she catches a glimpse of them in the front room of her house?

What is wrong with Big Mama's skin?

What does Big Mama say about what's wrong with Honey?

What advice does F. Jasmine give Honey?

What analogy does Frances make from her past experiences to try to make sense of the failure of the wedding?

At what point does F. Jasmine change her name to Frances?

Why is Frankie so happy that John Henry sleeps in her bed with her?

What happens when Frankie goes to give blood at the Red Cross?

Why does Frankie throw the knife at Berenice?

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Berenice as a foil of Frankie/F. Jasmine

by susan_shehane, June 08, 2014

Berenice's voice rings like a bird's (McCullers 84), suggesting to Frankie that she is "really not in her right mind," even as the latter talks on and on about herself about herself "as though she was somebody very beautiful; this, despite her one wild blue eye, dregs down her face, etc. Frankie views her as something of a wild animal in the past and finds it almost humorous that Berenice always spoke of herself as though she were beautiful. In F. Jasmine's egocentric, 12-year-old world, where she is, of course, the center of the universe a... Read more

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