Please use the following questions as a starting point for your response to the Tania James story “What to Do with Henry”. You don’t need to answer all of the questions, or even answer any of them in full, but please keep your response focused and relevant.
- How is the third person perspective operating in this story? What does it allow James to do? What effect does it have on the reader?
- In several places, this story goes back and repeats scenes from the perspective of a different character (for instance, we see Henry’s adoption from Saffa’s point of view and then, later, from Pearl’s). What does this repetition yield?
- At the end of the story, we move from scene, with Neneh and Henry at the cage, to Neneh’s recollection of the previous night’s dream. What do you make of the construction of this ending?