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Discussion Questions for The Invention of Wings-Quotes

Question answered by Rosanne Rosen, Former Senior Vice President of Operations

Discussion Questions for The Invention of Wings-Quotes

What was your favorite quote in the book and why?

I found I was highlighting many passages from the book and would have a hard time selecting my favorite.  For me, there were two very profound quotes.

The first one is when Handful tells Sarah, "My body might be a slave, but not my mind. For you, it’s the other way round,” After I read that line I had to pause a moment and reflect.  Both women were slaves by circumstances of their color or societal norms.  One of the things I like most about Sue Monk Kidd’s writing style is that she helps the reader understand how the protagonists might feel or think.  We know exactly what Handful and Sarah’s feelings are from their points of view.

Growing up with the ability to vote, choose my profession, where I live, what I do, where I went to school, was an automatic. I had the freedom of choice. I was too young to march for Civil Rights in the 1960s although I discussed with my parents the idea that all people were created equally and expressed my wish that I was old enough to have been there.  Before reading this quote, I was very singular in my thinking about slavery….that it was only the imprisonment of another person.

The other quote which stood out for me is “To remain silent in the face of evil is itself a form of evil.” This has been repeated in different ways for years and even goes back to Biblical times when Rabbi Hillel, a famous Jewish leader, said, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?” I believe it is important to continually remind ourselves and others that we must not remain silent if an evil is being committed.  If we witness someone being bullied, harassed or some other atrocity, we need to make sure to do what we can to protect them and speak out in whatever form we can.
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