Misuse of Light
1. What is the theological signifiance of the art of photography in this story?
2. How is the photograph a key symbol in the story?
3. What is the difference between the art of photography and real life?
4. Why is this quote, "Mel picked up a photo of the woman. "I like trying to figure out what I'm looking at." Weinstein raised a hand. "Then look at it." "No. I like to interpret what's there." You confusing art with reality? There's a difference, you know." Mel looked to his left into the street. "Life can't be art?" important to the meaning of the story.
5. How is grace offered in this story?
6. How is the grandfather in the photograph a significant part of the story?
7. Does this story have a Thomistic view or an Aristotelian view of life? Or both?
8. What do you think is the theme of Gautreaux's stories we have read so far this year? Does that theme have to do with the story "Misuse of Light"?
9. Is this story more idealistic or realistic? What in the story makes it idealistic or realistic? (I.E. symbols, images, characters, vehicles of grace).
10. What is the significance of the title of the story, "Misuse of Light", and how is Mel an important influence on the grandaughter in the story?