G u e s t s o f t h e N a t i o n G u e s t s o f t h e N a t i o n F r a n k O ’ C o n n o r , 1 9 3 1 “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” —Edmund Burke 1. What is established in the exposition , the opening of the story? 2. How is the setting crucial in this story—that is, where and when the events take place? 3. Discuss the narrator , Bonaparte. Is he reliable or unreliable ? Is he able & willing to tell the truth? How do you know? What does he learn during the course of the story that embodies much of its meaning? 4. What is the significance of the card-playing , the arguments about politics and religion ? 5. a. “Point of view” in literature refers to the angle of narrration: who’s telling the story. How does O’Connor’s handling of point of view affect (effect!?) the meaning and influence the reader? Who Bonaparte is— a young man, probably raised with Christian values, inexperienced about life—makes a difference in how we respond to the story. Well, how
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