How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House of Correction and Began My Life Over Again

by Joyce Carol Oates

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Although the narrator seems genuinely frightened by the beating she received and seems happy to be home, do you think she is sorry for her other offenses? Has she taken responsibility for her stealing and vandalism? What do you predict for the remainder of her teenage years?

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What do you think is attractive about Simon? Why does she say she would go back to him ‘‘over and over again.’’?

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What did the city of Detroit look like in 1968? Write a description of the scene the narrator would have encountered when she got off the bus?

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Could this story be written today? How would it be different? Is this story of teenage rebellion and isolation universal, or is it a story of the 1960s?

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