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Before the social services agency takes Astrid away she packs a few of her mother`s possessions to take with her. What is the significance of the folding knife?

"White Oleander" by Janet Fitch

INSTRUCTIONS:

Reading Journals Prompt on the book "White Oleander" by Janet Fitch:



Read Chapter 11 through Chapter 32. After reading the assigned chapters prepare to write one full page for each part, for a total of 3 full pages.



Part 1: Read Chapters 11 through Chapter 16 (pages 136 through 204). After you read these chapters answer the following questions in one full page. Question 1: Before the social services agency takes Astrid away she packs a few of her mother`s possessions to take with her. What is the significance of the folding knife? Question 2: What is the significance of the Kimono? Question 3: What other symbols appear in these chapters? Question 4: What sentences in the book are particularly good for you? Aha movements? Why?





Part 2: Read Chapters 17 through Chapters 23 (pages 205 through 321). After you read these chapters answer the following questions in one full page. Question 1: Why do you think Astrid so often found herself in the position of a caregiver to Starr`s children, to Marvel`s children, and to Claire when in fact Astrid was so deeply in need of care for herself? Question 2: Find some quotes that illustrate that Astrid is the caregiver and explain them. Question 3: Do you relate to this experience or do you know someone who doe? If so explain?



Part 3: Read Chapters 24 through Chapters 32 (pages 322 through 446). After you read these chapters answer the following questions in one full page. Question 1: Write about your own reflections on the book for example what were some of the themes that you identified? Question 2: What social criticism could you see reflected in the author`s depiction of the foster care system? Question 3: What were your favorite moments in the novel? 





Reading Journal Requirements: Times New Roman Font, 1 inch margins all around. 3 full pages.



Notes from me the Student: The book is "White Oleander" by Janet Fitch, its the Mti edition and the ISBN-10: 0316284955.

CONTENT:

Name: Professor: Course: Date: Part 1 In the book, after Astrid’s mother is prisoned for killing her boyfriend, Astrid is taken away to foster home. Before the social services take her away, she takes some of her mother’s possessions and among them is a folding knife. This is a one of the significant symbols that is used in the book. It represents the security element, to her mother as it was the knife that she used to stab her boyfriend with. Her mother had been the source of protection and now that she was away in prison, Astrid was vulnerable; she needed something that would protect her as her mother had once done. Astrid took the knife to create in herself the sense that she could handle her life the way her mother did. When her mother tried to defend herself and her daughte

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