In the story “A Poetics for Bullies” written by Stanley Elkin, a young boy nicknamed Push recieves his enjoyment from torturing the school kids. From controlling. Push is the bully – He intimidates the other students to stay out of his way or do what he says – Push’s “sidekick” – Has a Stanley Elkin`s “A Poetics for Bullies”. Name: Date: Period: Stanley Elkin’s “A Poetics for Bullies” 1. Why does Push refer to himself in the 3rd person? 2. On page —second paragraph—what is the.

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Why does Push refer to himself in the 3rd person? On page —second paragraph—what is the significance that Push is a part of a crowd and helps pass hot dogs down the row and give them time.

Why does Push become obsessed with John Williams?

Explain the significance of this passage. Look at the lines that the various boys are saying to Push on page Explain the ending—what is happening? Is it literal or metaphorical?


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What is the significance of the last line of the story? Describe the economic situation of the Whipples. In what way does their economic situation influence the way they treat Him? What do the constant references to him as He or Him instead of a elkln imply?

What are the physical ways in which He is different from the other Whipple children?

Spring of Spite: Stanley Elkin, “A Poetics for Bullies”

Explain how he is treated compared to other children. How do you account for the differences? How would you describe the family conflict in the story?

What character traits in both of the parents have bearing on the conflict? How is the conflict resolved? Whipple loved her second son, the simple minded one better than she loved the other two children put together. What is the first thing Mrs. Whipple thinks about in most situations? Although He never speaks and the reader never sees inside his mind, he still emerges as a definite character. What traits do his actions reveal?


What details suggest that he understands more than people give him credit for understanding?

What detail s suggest that he feels things more than others often realize? Take out your Critical Perspectives Lenses. Using A or C you will be assigned a lensreread the story and see what you notice. How does that change the meaning of the story?

What further insights do you have about the story because of the lens? Sample Lesson Plan — Wednesday A Poetics for Bullies. Chapter 6 – 1of2 supply-chain-management.

A Poetics for Bullies

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