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How do I read the story "The Bear" from the book Go Down, Moses?I am having...

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cheruka | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 7, 2007 at 12:08 PM via web

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How do I read the story "The Bear" from the book Go Down, Moses?

I am having difficulty reading this short story in Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner. I have to do it for a lit class. Any suggestions on being able to stay focused on this material? Do I need to read the stores before "The Bear" to get acquainted with the characters?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 7, 2007 at 9:30 PM (Answer #1)

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The stories are written in such a way that you don't really need to read them all to know the characters.  It would help shed light on motives, etc. if you do read them all, however.  Faulkner is difficult to read...even for seasoned vets of literature...I would suggest using some sort of note taking strategy to keep characters straight and to record questions you might have or connections you make to other stories or popular culture as you read. 

Check out the enotes summaries of Faulkner's works.  They will help you, as well.  Good luck!


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