In what regard is the story of Cass Mastern important to Jack?
Students may believe that Jack struggles to feel some connection to his family, and that he feels particularly connected to a relative who feels conflicted about his life and his choices—although they should remember that Jack had made many fewer choices as a graduate student than he has now. He may wonder about his own morality or desires in light of Cass's; he may feel ambivalence about his own connections to the history of Southern slavery and racism.
How does Jack's relationship with his mother inform his character more generally?
Jack is a cynical character in many ways, but he seems in others to...
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