Day 2

A Confederacy of Dunces Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    At the beginning of Chapter Four, how does Toole use language to create a particular impression of Levy Pants?

    Toole uses description, irony, and personification to evoke Levy Pants and create a depressed and resigned mood. Discussion of this descriptive paragraph could go sentence-by-sentence, pointing out evocative words and analyzing what Toole wants us to think about Levy Pants with each image or detail. He begins by specifying that Levy Pants is two buildings "fused into one macabre unit." The use of the word "macabre" evokes death and a Frankenstein-like resurrection in which there is a semblance of life, but a strange and inorganic one. The nineteenth-century...

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