Fallenwood Questions

February 16, 2012 Author: lesliesoule
    I have created a set of questions to create discussion and foster a deeper understanding of the Fallenwood novel.

  • Sigmund Freud wrote that every single fantasy is a form of wish fulfillment. How is this idea reflected in Fallenwood?

  • There are many forms of literary criticism, and Feminist criticism is an important one. From a Feminist perspective, is it relevant that Ash is mentored by a male character? What affect does this have on our interpretation of the novel?

  • The character Maskelyne leads a rather cavalier lifestyle, but his Curse is potent. Would you take on Maskelyne's curse, if it meant that you could visit people in their dreams?

  • From a Marxist perspective, what does the black unicorn symbolize?

  • One day a monk dreamed that he was a butterfly. From that day on, he didn't know whether he was a man dreaming he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was a man. How does the Pan-Experiential cause us to question reality?

Final Note: I created these questions, but I did NOT create the framework, which was taken from actual Literary Theory currently taught in college campuses across the nation. The frameworks include Psychological, Feminist, and Marxist theories. There are a couple other types, such as Reader-Response, but they’re almost second-fiddle to a very pronounced agenda. Why is our system of literary theory this way? Surely there must be a better way – and that’s worth fighting for.