Study questions

On this page, we suggest a number of study questions that can help you get started with your analysis of the short story “Bone Deep” by Martin Malone. On the following pages, you can read examples and explanations that can help you answer these questions.

Would you characterize the ending as depressing or hopeful - and why?

How would you characterize the main character, Ian?

How does Ian feel about his father and the role he played in the accident?

What is the relationship between the family members like after the accident?

What is the central conflict about?

What is there to say about the setting of the story?

How does it influence our view of the story that we see it through the eyes of Ian, the first-person narrator?

What examples of imagery does the short story include?

What does the woman's skeleton symbolize?

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