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Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan Question For Discussion Answer Sheet !If someone could...

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litteachone123 | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 27, 2009 at 4:36 AM via web

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Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan Question For Discussion Answer Sheet !

If someone could please help to answer this question.  I am a principal for a school in Massachusetts and one of my teachers has lost the answer sheet to the Homeless Bird Discussion Question. Here's the question:


Discuss the different bird images that are used throughout the book. What traits do birds have that make them particularly appropriate for Koly's story? Why does she relate to the homeless bird?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 27, 2009 at 6:50 AM (Answer #1)

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I think you want to examine the different bird images present and think about how these bird images are related to birds that are trapped and birds that are freed. These images change over the course of the book. Think about how these images are shown in the beginning of the book where there is much in Koly's life where her "flight" is limited, where her wings are trying to be "clipped" and how these images change in the middle and end of the book. How do these images in the middle and end reflect her flight, and her sense of being able to soar without boundaries. I think this might be a good start in connecting the bird images in the book to Koly's life. The homeless bird is one where identity cannot be found and direction unknown.  This would represent Koly at the start of the novel, as she has an unknown lacks a "home" in both physical and psychological dimensions as a daughter to be married off, a wife to a dying man, and a daughter in law in a traditional setting where many women can relate to "homeless" and forlorn creatures.  Yet, as the bird invariably finds her home and is no longer homeless,  Koly's life after being abandoned in Vrindavan saw her establish her own sense of "home" in both physical and psychological senses in the establishment of her sense of independent action, identity and voice.

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