If you're new to the Book Club, this is how it goes: every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in March). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.
This second section was slim, but definitely intense. Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.
The next assignment: Read from Part One, Chapter 7 to the end of Part Two, Chapter 6.
To discuss the second section of Revolutionary Road, read more.
- In this section we get more information about Frank, his identity and how he perceives himself. As he rides home one day, he thinks about the way "a man" should ride a train. What is Frank's ideal of a man?
- Along similar lines, Frank initially viewed his job as a temporary thing when April was first pregnant, and he still considers it something he is above doing but needs to do in order to provide for his wife and children. Is Frank right to believe he was unfairly sucked into a monotonous and unfulfilling work life, or should he bear some more responsibility for his decisions?
- The description of Frank's office and the monotony of his job struck me as similar to that of Office Space, or an unfunny version of The Office. Do you find it depressing that the same boredom and blandness of office life continues to plague us, almost 50 years later? Or do you think things have changed?