Questions on close reading and poetic elements will engage your students in analyzing this modern poem. Sharon Old’s poem “The Victims”. is an exploration of the ways that family dynamics change as we all grow up. The speaker deals with her parents’ divorce and her shifting allegiances. She also deals with forgiveness, the past, and figuring out how to let go of anger that she feels towards her father.
Pairings: “The Victims” could be used with many texts that deal with children and adults, family, divorce, forgiveness, the past, or changing perspectives such as The Catcher in the Rye, Rome and Juliet, To Kill a Mockingbird, Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, Huckleberry Finn, The Death of a Salesman, or A Raisin in the Sun.
The text of the poem is not included because of copyright.
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