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Interpreting the Interior: Israeli Writer and Filmmaker Etgar Keret: Discussion Questions for the Story "Breaking the Pig"

Research guide created in conjunction with library exhibit.

Some Discussion Questions


  • How old do you think the boy is?  Why?

  • What does the pig represent to the boy’s father?  What qualities does the boy attribute to the pig?

  • Do you think this story could be set in any culture?  What in the story is specific to Israel, if anything?

  • What does this story say about gender roles in the family?   In society?

  • Do you think Yoavi is a hero? 
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