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The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare

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Reading Group Guide

1. Discuss the Councils role as a secret society. What is important about their ability to function as a group and their determination to keep their activities secret? What is the point of their conspiracy?

2. What is the meaning of the books title? How does the titles ambiguity and mystery characterize the book as a whole? Is personal identity less important than collective identity, in Chestertons view? Does Syme, in effect, lose his identity? What does he gain?

3. What is the significance of the books subtitle, “A Nightmare”? What does Chesterton mean by this? Discuss the dedicatory poem that follows. What kind of tone is Chesterton trying to establish? Does he succeed?

4. Discuss the idea of anarchy as presented in the book. What kinds of activities does Gabriel Syme find himself engaged in? Are they dangerous to society, in your opinion? How do you reconcile the council members being revealed as policemen?

5. Critics have discussed the book as an allegorical work, particularly in Christian terms. Do you agree with this assessment? Who or what, in your opinion, does Sunday represent?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375757914
Author:
Chesterton, G. K.
Publisher:
Modern Library
Introduction by:
Lethem, Jonathan
Introduction:
Lethem, Jonathan
Author:
Lethem, Jonathan
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
London
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Anarchists
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
106-767
Publication Date:
20011031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.89x5.09x.44 in. .41 lbs.

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