Day 4

The English Patient Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Hana tells us, “Caravaggio was constantly diverted by the human element during burglaries.” How does inform how the reader regards Caravaggio and his profession?

    Ondaatje presents Caravaggio as a sympathetic thief by highlighting how he is distracted by these human elements – updating Advent calendars and making friends with family pets. This helps soften the image we have of Caravaggio and makes it easier to have sympathy with him; this sets up the reader to malso have sympathy for him as he is left on the outside of Hana and Kip’s love affair.

  2. 2

    Why does Kip reflect after he defuses the Esau bomb that only Hardy keeps him human now? What about his behavior during the...

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