Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What is Anne Hébert’s attitude toward religion?

How does Hébert view marriage? Does she see it as different for a woman than it is for a man?

Other Québec writers idealized rural and small-town life. Does Hébert share this attitude?

Kamouraska and In the Shadow of the Wind have been called “tragic melodramas.” To what extent are they melodramatic? To what extent are they more like classical tragedies?

How do images of confinement and flight function in the novels of Hébert?

How are symbols drawn from nature utilized in Hébert’s fiction?