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A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers-among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears-through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, Blindness has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of man's worst appetites and weaknesses-and man's ultimately exhilarating spirit. The stunningly powerful novel of man's will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.
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Designed for students in 9-10 grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining motif, synecdoche, as well as references to classical literature, including the BIble. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about characterization and point of view. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of plot, structure, characterization, and differing world views. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Blindness

Lights are a motif in this novel. See below for an explanation of motif.  (This annotation contains a video)
Note the use of figurative language here, as the author uses a simile to compare the drivers to horses. See below for more information about similes and metaphor.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why did the author choose to make this a very long run on sentence? 
There is a deliberate stylistic choice in this sentence. Notice that it is one very long run on sentence. Have you ever been in a hurry and had the car in front of you not move? This stopped driver must feel anxious, and the run on sentences add to the anxiety. 
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What motif is repeated in this sentence? 
Notice how the author uses unconventional punctuation here. See below for a more traditional way to punctuate dialogue. (This annotation contains a link)
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What type of literary device is used in this sentence? 
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After they arrive at the apartment, how does the blind man react to the man who helped him home? 
To the man, because he is seeing white instead of black, things feel more invisible. White light is the combination of all colors, while black, or the absence of light, is considered the absence of color. 
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How do you know that the man is starting to adapt to his blindness? 
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To understand this exchange between husband and wife, the reader must imagine who might say each sentence. Why do you think the author chose not to punctuate these sentences in a traditional way? 
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How can the reader infer that the wife is practical? 
This wish to see the thief go blind is an example of foreshadowing. See below for an explanation of foreshadowing.  (This annotation contains a video)
Note the light motif, again, this time transformed into sound. There is also the impression that if the light were to go out, he might disappear. 
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What motif is evident in this sentence? 
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By saying 'if, in fact, you are blind," what is the doctor implying? 
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According to the thief, which is worse, helping a blind man only to rob him afterwards or looking after an elderly man while hoping to be rewarded after his death? 
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As this book was originally in Portugues, some phrases will not translate well. What would an English equivalent to the idea of "while trying to cross himself, the blind man only succeeded in breaking his own nose"? 
The struggle to remain human by doing what is right is a recurrent theme in this novel. See below for a more detailed explanation of theme.  (This annotation contains a video)
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How is the motif of light developed in this paragraph so far? 
When the thief goes blind, this is an example of situational irony, where what occurs is the opposite of what the reader expects. 
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Based on context clues, which is the best definition of amaurosis? 
Much like the reader, the wife does not know the specific diagnosis the doctor describes. Watch as the writer will reveal their meanings without directly explaining them. 
Note the foreshadowing here. What is about to happen to the doctor? 
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Although the author does not want to reduce the woman to "some primary definition," what is the woman? 
Note the personification of virtue, sin, and fortune here. See below for an explanation of personification.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why was the woman reassured by the idea that the police officer might be there to search the house? 
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Why does the girl say she wishes she had no money? 
Note the repetition of the motif of light here. 
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How does the doctor's wife react which is similar to the wives of the first blind man, and, presumably, the wife of the thief? 
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How do the authorities react when the doctor explains what has happened? 
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Who is speaking in this instance? 
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What has happened that tells the reader the Minister of Health now believes the doctor? 
The reader should infer here that the woman has not gone blind. See below for a video about inferences.  (This annotation contains a video)
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After deciding to quarantine the blind, the Minister has to decide where to house the people. What are the four places they have to choose from? 
Note the paradox here, as white is typically a symbol of good and not evil. 
Imagine a mental hospital, empty, as the image below.  (This annotation contains an image)
This sentence makes clear to the reader that the doctor's wife is not yet blind. 
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What can the reader infer about the girl with the dark glasses? 
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Which of the government's demands seem to be the most unfair to the internees? Use textual evidence to support your response. 
Pay attention here to the demands of the government. The reader must decide: are these demands fair of the citizens?  
The Ministry thinks it can contain the outbreak by quarantine only, no treatment, and this solution reveals a specific world view. See a movie clip below of how a fictional United States might deal with an outbreak.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why does the girl want the doctor to be in charge? 
Although the government wishes the people in the ward to create an orderly society, with one person in charge, the girl acknowledges what they all think, that society will soon fall apart. 
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What is the first action of this small society? 
The doctor and the thief represent foil characters. The doctor tries to establish order and to be in charge, while the thief believes he can do what he wants and that they are all equal. Watch this video to see different types of characters.  (This annotation contains a video)
This line progressing together represents the idea that to survive, they must all work together. 
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What details reveal that the government does not care about these citizens? 
Note the foreshadowing here: the blind girl thinks that if everyone were to go blind, it would be horrible. 
His surprise foreshadows the time where the thief will reveal he knows the doctor's wife can see. 
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Why is the doctor's wife afraid to open her eyes? 
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This phrase hints at the future. What literary device does this phrase represent? 
Note that at this point, as throughout the novel, it is the women who try to preserve society. 
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How were these new internees treated by the others? 
Even as the first blind man and his wife are rejoicing in their reunion, the doctor's wife realizes that the disease is spreading. 
The doctor's wife continues to hide the fact that she can still see. Her ability is very significant in the story ahead. 
In stories, there are several types of point of view. In these sentences, the point of view of the story is revealed to be third person omniscient. See below for a more detailed explanation of point of view.  (This annotation contains a video)
Even in the worst conditions, the blind internees are still clinging to social norms, apologizing to each other. 
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What theme might this repetition of the light motif represent? 
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What is "against all the rules of humanity"? 
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Why does the doctor's wife feel contemptible?  
At this point, they are still helping each other. What will happen as more and more people arrive? 
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What could the trampling of the new blind represent? 
In this place where names are not important and everyone identifies themselves by their occupations, the doctor has lost himself. If he is not a doctor, what is he? This lack of identity will plague all the blind soon enough. 
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What type of point of view is evident in these sentences? 
Now the foreshadowing becomes clear: the thief knows the secret of the doctor's wife. 
Again, the thief acts like a foil, or contrast, to the doctor. Although the doctor is resigned to his fate, the thief refuses to accept it. 
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Why might the doctor's wife's watch still be working? 
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For the first time, the thief realizes 
These blind are being compared to an animal, as they lose their humanity. 
This death was inevitable, as the soldiers are terrified of the blind people. 
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What are the internees being asked to do? 
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What two things are contrasted here? 
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Are all the blind being imprisoned in the same place? Use textual evidence to support your claim. 
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Think back to the doctor's wife's conversation with the soldiers. Why did the soldiers really send the spade? 
Note the omniscient point of view here, as it is pointed out that if we think too hard, we will never start anything for fear of the consequences. 
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Why might the boy with the squint be the only one to complain? 
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Which literary device best describes this phrase? 
Based on this passage, the reader can infer that the original blind man forgave the thief, for he knew that the thief died a horrible death. 
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Do the soldiers still think the blind are human? 
Note the phrasing here--the omniscient narrator is implying that the soldiers will not have to explain why they shot the blind. 
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In the end, the blind internees 
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Who might this woman be? 
For the first time, someone speculates that becoming blind this way might not have a physical cause but a spiritual one. 
Note that the sense of community, of identifying yourself by your former occupation, is starting to break down. 
By this statement, the reader can infer that there are no leaders in the wards. 
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What type of irony is present here? 
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Why does the doctor feel he has become an animal? 
Again, it is the women who try to hold on to society here, to try and hold the community together. 
Quiz 1 
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Why do the internees wake so early, according to the narrator? 
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Based on how the girl in the dark glasses speaks to the doctor's wife, how does the girl view the woman? 
In this moment, because the men that fight are blind, they must work out their differences. If everyone goes blind, the conflicts of the world will cease if they work together. 
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To whom are the internees referring? 
Note that they are trying here to elect a governing body, to help them stay civil. 
This saying, by a famous Dutch philosopher, is very well known. It is also an example of dramatic irony, because the blind do not know the doctor's wife can see. See below for more information about dramatic irony.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What does the regimental commander want to do with the blind internees? 
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Why does the sergeant not agree with the commander? 
Even though the blind internees come from all walks of life and profession, they still try to help each other. This cannot last. 
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What will the internees do next? 
Note that they are still trying to do what is just and right. 
As elsewhere in this novel, as soon as discussion ensues about something positive, like the establishment of rules and a governing body, it is followed with an event that tears down any chance of salvation. 
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What does the colonel think they should do with the blind? 
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How does the reader know that the sergeant is not like the other soldiers? 
Because these contaminated inmates are not yet blind, they fear the blind may infect them. 
Everyone in the wards is now blind. Note the contrast of "black destiny" and "white tide." 
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Do you predict that the newcomers will respect the rules of the Ministry? Use textual evidence to support your response. 
There is a juxtaposition of positive and negative events in this book. Every time the internees believe that something good is coming along, it is actually something bad.  
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What literary device is used here? 
The first ward will represent the rule of law, in no small part because of the respect the others have for the doctor and also that the doctor's wife can see. 
Note the theme here: that they must strive to retain their humanity. 
Note the omniscient narrator again, this time explaining that the narration will now resemble a complementary reporter. 
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Which of the following is an accurate summary of what is occurring outside the detention center?  
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How has the strategy of the Ministry changed, in regards to the blind? 
As first the bus drivers and then the pilots go blind, no one feels safe using transportation. Imagine a city where everyone walks, afraid that they next will go blind. 
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What theme is evident here? 
The significance of this quote remains to be seen. It is possible that emotion has caused this entire disaster. 
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What theme is evident in this passage about toilet tendencies? 
Another theme evident in this novel is the difference between literal and figurative blindness. Those who fight are not literally blind. 
The literary device used here is synedoche. This technique uses a part to represent or symbolize the whole. Thus, a hand, a pair of eyes and a voice refer to the need for one leader to save them. 
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What type of new conflict is described in this section? 
When the doctor's wife struggles with whether or not to tell the others that she can still see, she suffers internal conflict. See below for a more indepth discussion of internal conflict.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Does this man represent the authority they've longed for? Why or why not? 
The desire for some authority to save them is great, but the society outside the hospital does not care about these, its former citizens. 
Indirectly, the doctor's wife is confessing she can see. Also, she and her ideas of community are in direct contrast to the man with the gun. 
These lethal scissors are clearly significant. What might they foreshadow? 
This quote is from Karl Marx, a famous communist.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What can the "normal" blind person do that the internees cannot? 
It is true that they are reaching a climax. Can things get worse for the internees? Yes, they can. 
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What has happened to the radio announcer and his entire listening audience? 
The urge to know what was happening outside helps keep them human. 
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Why does the doctor's wife wish she were blind? 
Note the foreshadowing here of some future negative event. 
Imagine a place where human waste covers the floor and sewage is backed up everywhere. See this image below. (This annotation contains an image)
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By connecting the idea of a gun with the reality of the scissors, what is the author implying? 
The first mention of the light motif in quite sometime, indicating that the soldier is guarding that which the blind can no longer see. 
The torch, or flashlight, shines in the soldiers eyes, temporarily blinding him. The doctor's wife is saved from harm by the light. 
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Why can't the doctor's wife feel anger towards this blind man? 
Note the rising action here, as the tension increases. What will happen to the doctor's wife? 
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Describe the life of the majority of the blind internees. Use textual evidence to support your response. 
Remember, the blind man who can write and read is on the side of the marauders, the blind internees that have control of all the food. Pay attention to how the narrator describes life for the rest of the blind internees. 
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The blind internees are not satisfied with the group bringing back food. What do they ultimately decide to do? 
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What happened as a result of the protests? 
The key at this point is the food. The need for food is one of man's primary concerns.  
Note again that the narrator seems to be hinting that he knows what will occur in the future. 
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Who searches the wards, looking for more treasure? 
The well known proverb is normally "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak," meaning that it is not always easy to do what you know is right. 
Note the further degradation of society here. First, internees had food shared equally. Then, internees had to pay for their food with personal wealth. Now they must pay for food with the bodies of their women. Don't forget that in this story, it is the women who are holding the community together. 
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How does the doctor describe their situation? 
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Why is the doctor's wife asking this question? 
The doctor still believes that others have morals and that they adhere to them. 
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As each woman in the ward chooses with whom she will be intimate one last time, who does the girl with the dark glasses choose? 
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How does the doctor's wife react after seeing the girl and her husband being intimate? 
This word, tu, is used between two people who know each other well, or people who are friends. "Tu" invites someone into your family.  
A cuckold is someone whose spouse has an affair. Implying that the doctor will soon be a cuckolded is ironic, as he has already had intimate relationship with the consent of his wife. 
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What type of literary device is used here? 
Holding hands units them in their sorrow and horror. 
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How does the doctor's wife try to restore humanity and dignity to the woman with insomnia? 
Section 7-11 
The doctor's wife utilizes verbal irony here. See below for a more detailed explanation of this technique.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What might this foreshadow? 
The theme of the struggle to remain human is evident here. 
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What does the doctor's wife do? 
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What do the women do after the death of the leader? 
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Who says "Perhaps I'm the blindest of all"? 
This line may be a biblical reference, to Ecclesiastes 4:2, which refers to the evil of oppression. "And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive." 
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What has changed in the hospital? 
The old man with the eye patch saves civilization, stopping them from punishing their salvation, the doctor's wife. 
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What type of literary device is used here? 
Although the recording is the same as it was the first day, it has finally stopped, as has the electricity. Has the outside world stopped, too? 
The time they have been interned is a mystery, as though time itself has stopped for them. Not having an awareness of time makes it even more difficult for them to retain their humanity. 
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Who finally convinces them to go and get food from the marauding internees, thus taking on a role of leadership? 
This is another biblical reference, to Ruth 1:6, where a famine killed many. In this passage, the daughter in law, Ruth, begs Naomi to let her stay, saying she will become Jewish in order to stay fed. 
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This idiom means it is wrong to wait for someone to die to inherit something. Which English idiom has the same meaning? 
The idea of a whore who has been redeemed is common to literature as well as to the Bible, in the book of Luke, where a woman presumed to be a prostitute washed Jesus's feet with perfume and dried them with her hair. 
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Who is not spared, because she still has eyes to see? 
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Why are the marauding blind internees now hiding behind barriers? 
Now the doctor's wife has finally confessed she can see, they all agree that death is the ultimate blinder of eyes. 
The woman who pledged to follow the doctor's wife is gripped in a force superior to her promise. She will sacrifice herself to save the community. 
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How did they finally defeat the marauding internees? 
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Why might the author have used this simile, comparing the flame to the point of the scissors? 
The light motif emerges here, as the fire pushes them to free themselves. It appears that even the soldiers have become blind. 
The doctor's wife has emerged as the natural leader. Here, she represents the philosopher in the allegory of Plato's cave. In this allegory, only the philosopher sees the world as it is. It is his job to help others to leave the cave. 
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Which is not a reason the blind decide to wait till dawn? 
In other words, the girl with the dark glasses has proved wrong all those who believe that those who commit sin are without deep feelings. 
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What does the doctor's wife want to do? 
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Describe what has happened to the country while the blind have been in quarantine.  
Because she still has her sight, she cannot understand that everyone can get used to anything. 
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What does the doctor's wife find? 
In order to save her friends, she must experience what it is like to be blind. 
Light saves her, as it cannot save her friends. 
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What has saved the doctor's wife? 
Note the metaphor here, as the people return to life. 
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Who is the only one to still have house keys? 
Note how the author reveals who is left in the group, all those have some way to distinguish them from the others. No unnamed person remains. 
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Why does the dog follow the group? 
Of all the people in the country, only the doctor's wife can still see. 
Although spoken in hope, it is in despair that all have become equal in their blindness. 
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What do they find, when they arrive at the apartment? 
Note the connection to earlier in the story, where they explain that people can get used to anything. 
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Does the new woman really need food? 
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What has changed in the mind of the doctor's wife? 
The doctor's wife sees the future as the death of civilization. 
The doctor's wife weeps for what they have become, like the animals. 
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Why is the doctor's wife the obvious choice for a leader of their group? 
It is revenge and justice that makes us human. 
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What did the old woman really want? 
The old woman cries; the first tears of any character except the doctor's wife. 
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Explain what is meant by "eyes that do not see have a cast-iron stomach." 
This dog remains domesticated, loyal to the doctor's wife, unlike the dogs that horrify her. 
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What happened to the banks? 
Here again is the omniscient point of view evident. 
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How is the apartment of the doctor different from the other places they have been so far? 
Light remains important and a motif, but this type of light can be dangerous. 
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What motif is used here? 
Here is a key to understanding the theme of the struggle to remain human: right and wrong are perceived as the different types of relationships. 
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Why do the old man and the girl with the glasses finally cry? 
The three graces were Greek goddesses of charm, beauty, and creativity, and were often depicted in art and sculpture. See below. (This annotation contains an image)
To the doctor's wife, both her body and her soul are filthy. 
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Why might the old man want to wash in the bathtube and not on the balcony? 
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What can the reader infer from this sentence? 
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What choice has the dog of tears made? 
They forgive the dead for everything, in hopes that when they die, they too will be forgiven. 
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What has happened to the blind writer? 
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How does the doctor's wife feel about her sight as she describes it to the writer? 
Here the doctor's wife realizes that ownership of property has broken down due to the epidemic. 
The doctor does not mean real but figurative blindness here. Instead of being organized and helping each other, they are separate and will die alone. 
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What is the miracle that they cling to? 
This common proverb is almost used literally here. In a figurative sense, it means being in denial is worse than accepting the truth. 
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Why might the woman have left her apartment? 
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What other important piece of literature could this be referring to? 
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What message did the girl leave for her parents? 
The doctor's wife acknowledges here that the world is out of order. 
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Which two characters have been talking? 
The girl with the dark glasses believes that it is only the eyesight of the doctor's wife that connects them with humanity. 
The reader can infer that it was the girl with the dark glasses who washed the back of the man with the eye patch. 
The doctor is saying here that it might be better to commit suicide. 
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Do they talk of organization the way the doctor wishes they would? 
The dog is still loyal to the woman, and this might foreshadow more sorrow in her life. 
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What does she mean, that they are all murderers? 
Watch the foreshadowing of some terrible event in this section. Even the dog knows something bad is coming. 
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What is strange about the images in the church? 
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What did the doctor and his wife do, as everyone panicked? 
The dog of tears is a true companion to the woman. 
By covering the eyes of the saints, it is though someone believed humanity no longer deserved to communicate with God. 
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Which is a reaction that the group did not have upon being told about the statues and paintings? 
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What has changed in the eyes of the first blind man? 
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How has regaining his eyesight changed the first blind man? 
Actions here speak louder than words, as they have throughout the book. 
What might they have refused to see? 
Section 13-17