Farley Mowat Analysis

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Describe the relationship between the Ihalmiut and the caribou.

What was the effect of fox trapping on Eskimo life?

What impression does Farley Mowat give of Ottawa’s attitude toward the Eskimos?

What were the three “empires” that exerted so much influence on Eskimo life?

Compare Owliktuk and Pommela as leaders.

What factors led to the starvation of so many Ihalmiut?

What are some of the humorous incidents in Never Cry Wolf?

Describe the way in which the wolves hunted caribou.

Describe Mowat’s relationship with Angeline, George, and Uncle Albert.

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

What is Farley Mowat’s attitude toward civilization and its expansion into wilderness areas?

How does Mowat view Native Americans?

Mowat admires rugged individuals. How did his attitude toward the inhabitants of Burgeo, Newfoundland, change?

Never Cry Wolf and A Whale for the Killing are about humanity’s relationships with animals. What is the proper relationship between humans and wolves? Humans and whales? Between the Inuit and the caribou? Between the hunters and the hunted?

The Farfarers discusses the slaughter of walruses for their ivory. What part do images of animal slaughter play in other books by Mowat?

Mowat has the reputation of not allowing the facts to get in the way of a good story. How does this help and/or hinder him in his arguments?


(Masterpieces of American Literature)

King, James. Farley: The Life of Farley Mowat. South Royalton, Vt.: Steerforth Press, 2002.

Lucas, Alec. Farley Mowat. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1976.

Orange, John. Writing the Squib: A Biography of Farley Mowat. Toronto: ECW, 1993.

Thomas, Wendy, ed. A Farley Mowat Reader. Niwot, Colo.: Roberts Rinehart, 1997.

York, Lorraine. Introducing Farley Mowat’s “The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be.” Canadian Fiction Series. Toronto: ECW, 1990.