1. Traditional fairy tales often rely on symbolic objects, actions, settings, or characters. How is The Thing in the Forest like a fairy tale in this respect? How is it different? Are there figures of speech in this story that you would argue are not symbolic?
2. How do the various characters in A very Old Man with Enormous Wings interpret the winged man? How do they arrive at their interpretations? What do those interpretations reveal about them? about the process of interpretation in general?