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    Here are some questions that I found from the following wesite. Feel to answer as many as you like or add your own.
    http://www.readinggroupguides.com/guides_W/winters_bone1.asp
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    The tension raised by Ree's quest for her father is at times intense for the reader.How does Woodrell temper this anxiety with both humor and tenderness? How does his use of authentic dialect bring his larger-than-life story and characters back to earth?
    Do you think Ree would have been better off pursuing her dream of joining the military than staying with her dependent family? If not, why?
    Some thoughts and critiques from the world of the internet
    http://spectator.org/archives/2010/07/01/winters-bone

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    Here are some questions that I found from the following wesite. Feel to answer as many as you like or add your own.
    http://www.readinggroupguides.com/guides_W/winters_bone1.asp
    Ree Dolly is only sixteen. How, in the first pages of Winter's Bone, does she prove herself a mature caretaker and teacher of her little brothers? Given her use of strong language, how does she reveal her tenderness toward her dependents?
    Ree's mother is medicated for her mental illness, and neighbors donate painkillers to Ree after she takes a beating. The Dolly clan makes a living by producing illegal methamphetamines, and Ree smokes marijuana when it's offered to her. How do mind-altering devices both destroy and make bearable the fabric of life in Rathlin Valley? Do you think moonshine wreaked as much havoc on rural American populations as crystal meth has?
    How does the fearsome Uncle Teardrop reveal the potential for loyalty and humanity in some of the most hardened members of the Dolly family? Even Merab, the fierce Mrs. Thump, proves herself willing to help Ree save her house and land. What do you think is at the root of this clan's rigid, sometimes brutal moral code? Poverty? Deliberate isolation and separation from mainstream values?
    Can you imagine better lives, in an earlier time, for people with the Dollys' background? Perhaps before the advent of chemically manufactured drugs and after the first immigration to America? Ree's mother was once a happy beauty who loved to dance, for instance, and Mamaw Bromont --- her mother --- seems to have been a steady matriarch.
    Ree's married friend, Gail, becomes an intimate of Ree's. How does their passing physical relationship speak to each girl's lack of unconditional love? How is Megan also a purely benign, if misguided, support for Ree?
    Nature and the elements contribute greatly to the atmosphere of Winter's Bone, for better and for worse. How does Daniel Woodrell convey both the harshness and the beauty of the natural world? In what ways are Ree's walk in the pine woods with her ailing mother and her trip to Bucket Spring to wash her wounds enhanced by Woodrell's description of the landscape? Did you feel Ree's arduous journey to find her father more sharply because of the icy cold?
    Critics have compared Ree to such classical literary figures as Antigone, Psyche, and even King Lear, and have seen reflections of the Old Testament in the Dolly family's code. How, for you, has Woodrell given his story a mythical stature that reaches beyond its particular Ozarkian hollow?
    The tension raised by Ree's quest for her father is at times intense for the reader.How does Woodrell temper this anxiety with both humor and tenderness? How does his use of authentic dialect bring his larger-than-life story and characters back to earth?
    Do you think Ree would have been better off pursuing her dream of joining the military than staying with her dependent family? If not, why?

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Tuesday, March 22

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    Mattie's future turn out as you expected it would? How is she changed from her fourteen-year-old self? How
    is she the same?
    Mattie achieves her goal. The story is a monologue and told from Mattie when she is much older. She is single, missing an arm, taking care of her sick mother, and loves her money and church. She is such a stone faced type character that you don't get much emotion from her on any level. It is hard to determine if this is the life she wants. She mentions she could marry, but why do it when they only want her money? The positive to her demeanor is that she has no self pity for her circumstances so I don't really think she views her life in terms of where she wants to be or not, but rather it is what it is.
    I don't think she has changed much. She is still her same old self in terms of her outlook and behavior. She has settled into one location. Probably like most people she takes things one day at a time. She knows people talk, but it does not bother her.

    13. TRUE GRIT has often been compared to Huckleberry Finn. Both books are set in a westward expanding
    America, and the protagonists of both represent the opposite of established and establishment thinking. Does
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    Harrison Narcotic Law - page 69
    http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/studies/cu/cu8.html
    Johnson County War - page 220 when describing the rumors of whatever happened to Rooster
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnson_County_War

    TRUE GRIT General Talk
    For general talk of the novel, I was thinking that we could break the book up in sections/chapters. This way we could have an active dialogue,but if you were not that far into the book you could just not read that portion of the novel until you were ready. What do you think?
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Monday, March 21

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    p.62 "This tastes like blue john milk" which refers to milk without fat like skim milk. Apparently, it's because the lack of fat in the skim milk makes it so white that it looks almost blue.
    p. 120 horsehair lariat to loop around bed to protect from snakes -- I chose to include this quote because I honestly have no idea what a horsehair lariat is and was rather intrigued when there was talk of protecting them from snakes.
    p. 138 "Don't go to sleep and don't get the "jimjams".
    I found out this means http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/jimjams

    P. 143 "I didn't know what I was doing. I was like a man fighting bees." -- I just love this quote for no other purpose than to see myself using this quote when coaching or teaching.
    p. 144 "...I would give three dollars right now for a pickled buffalo tongue" -- This is just gross, but I know my grandparents ate cow tongue. I just cannot imagine eating tongue of any creature. I am off to the world of Google to find a picture of picked buffalo tongue.
    Here is a list of Bible passages she references
    Luke 8:26-33 when discussing the evils of cats and seeing Satan in their sly faces. page 32
    Page 115 when discussing the differences in Cumberland Presbyterian and U.S./Souther Presbyterian(I don't know the difference myself)
    I Corinthians 6:13
    II Timothy 1:9,10
    Peter 1: 2,19,20
    Romans 11:7

    People Referenced in the story
    Judge Isaac Parker
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    General Sterling Price (name of Rooster's cat)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sterling_Price
    John Wesley Hardin - page 118 when LaBoeuf was defending the Texas Rangers
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wesley_Hardin

    Locations
    Going Snake District(Cherokee Nation) - page 51
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    Fort Smith
    Pfitzer Soap Works - page 82 - mentioned when Stonehill was going to sell the horses to be turned into soap.
    San Bois Mountains - page 122
    General Information Links for True Grit
    http://www.funtrivia.com/en/Movies/True-Grit-6921.html
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