This story is about the slow onset of mental illness. Is the boy becoming schizophrenic? Autistic? What are the symptoms, and how do you interpret them? Can you apply the “Spectrum of Dissociation” (CP, 70)?
Discuss “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” as depicting a state of non-ordinary consciousness.
Discuss some psychological aspect of “Sonny’s Blues.” Think of the various issues we discussed in class.
Discuss the mother daughter-conflict in “Girl” and/or “Two Kinds.”
Discuss some aspect of “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” such as the Oedipus complex, psychic enmeshment, or The Drama of the Gifted Child.
Discuss some psychological factors in “Everyday Use,” such as Dee”s identity quest or the family coflicts or relationships.