Some of Us Had Been Threstenıng Our Frıend, Colby

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Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby by Donald Barthelme Comprehension and Analysis Questions 1. What does Colby do that was “too far”? 2. Explain the irony in the following parts of the story: • "Be reasonable," he said to Colby. • “Hanging Colby was doubtless against the law, and if the authorities learned in advance what the plan was they would very likely come in and try to mess everything up.” • “Colby said he thought drinks would be nice but was worried about the expense. We told him kindly that the expense didn't matter, that we were after all his dear friends and if a group of his dear friends couldn't get together and do the thing with a little bit of éclat, why, what was the world coming to?” • “…because if the hanging was being rained on he thought it would look kind of dismal.” • Find three other examples of irony on your own and explain why they’re ironic. 3. Define “euphemism.” Identify one example of a euphemism in the story. 4. What message do you believe Barthelme is trying to get across to the reader? 5. What is the most disturbing detail in the story? Why do you find this part particularly disturbing? Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby by Donald Barthelme Comprehension and Analysis Questions 1. What does Colby do that was “too far”? 2. Explain the irony in the following parts of the story: • "Be reasonable," he said to Colby. • “Hanging Colby was doubtless against the law, and if the authorities learned in advance what the plan was they would very likely come in and try to mess everything up.” • “Colby said he thought drinks would be nice but was worried about the expense. We told him kindly that the expense didn't matter, that we were after all his dear friends and if a group of his dear friends couldn't get together and do the thing with a little bit of éclat, why, what was the world
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