discussion question 17

I’m studying for my English class and need an explanation.

Address each of the questions below about “The Foster Portfolio” before responding to your classmates’ posts.

  • How would you describe the world of “The Foster Portfolio?” In what ways is this different than the other Vonnegut stories we have read? Does this change your reception of the story? Why or why not?
  • How would you react if you were in Mr. Foster’s position? Explain your reasoning.
  • The story presents a certain attitude toward home finance and marriage. How is this similar or different to our attitudes toward these topics in the 21st century?
  • How might you compare this story to “Young Goodman Brown?” In what ways do we see community, morality, and privacy at play?

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