Based on the resource Red Dress
Analyze the story
(It might be a good idea to have a look at How to Analyze a Short Story)
Jot down the references you find to body language before and after Raymond asks her to dance.
- Why do you think it changes the moment she starts dancing with Ray?
- What do you think is the climax in this story? Explain.
- What do you think is the turning point in this story? Explain.
- The ingress states that this story’s theme to a great extent is about communication and lack of communication. Do you agree?
- Mary is not a mainstream teenage girl. In which sense is she different? Why do you think Alice is so fascinated by her?
- The red dress might be seen as a symbol. What might it represent?
- The daughter/mother relationship is quite essential in this story. Do you think this relationship differs from the one any “normal” teenager has to his/her mum?
- Discuss why Alice seems to be so embarrassed by her mother. Take a look at how this story ends; do you think the mother/daughter relationship changes in the end?
- Discuss what Alice means by the following statements:
- “I thought that I ought to tell him there was a mistake, that I was just leaving, I was just going to have a hot chocolate with my girl friend. But I did not say anything."
- "Lonnie was probably not going to be my friend any more, not as much as before anyway. She was what Mary would call boy-crazy."
- "I went around the house to the back doors, thinking, I have been to a dance and a boy walked me home and kissed me. It was all true. My life was possible."
- This story is about finding your identity. Do you think it is also about finding your sexual identity?
- Why does Alice along with many teenagers suffer from a low self-esteem? What is important to raise young people’s self-esteem?
- How can we see that this story is not from the present time? Why is the theme still relevant?
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