ENG 3U: Questions for The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Questions for The Ocean at the End of the Lane

According to one critic, “Gaiman is a master of fear, and he understands the nature of fairytales, the relation between the writer, the reader and the character in the tale.” Explain how the author uses fear to enhance the reading experience.

According to the same critic, “One of the terrors of childhood is the realisation that parents are not necessarily strong or understanding.” Discuss this statement in light of the father’s horrific behaviour while he is under the creature’s control.

Discuss the role of memory in this novel, including the cutting, stitching, and the story’s end.

The young narrator is powerless for a significant portion of the story. In what ways (if any) does he gain power?

How does this novel conform (or break away from) the journey pattern?

Here is a link to Gaiman’s “Make Good Art” Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plWexCID-kA

Neil Gaiman: Three Books That Changed my Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpDl4RQuQYg

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