Flatland, by Edwin A. Abbot

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Jack Walsh*
Connor O'Donnell
Everett Gilert
Hannah Waxman
Benji Jones
Todd Shaw
Naomi Ives

Discussion Location: Mr. Shaw's room 604

Discussion Questions:

-Is the Law of Nature simply a function of evolution and natural selection in the 2D society?

-Has the Law of Nature destined them to the oppression of an aristocratic government?

-What kinds of lessons could be learned after reading this book?

-Does this book relate accurately to society?

-Is the conflict intended to be the struggle to understand Spaceland, or is it simply the social problems related to 2D society?

-Is the author's portrayal of women as one dimension, less than the males' two dimensions meant to say that women in the real world are 2-D (shallow) creatures?

-The author discussed the inferiority of women for a good portion of the book. Did he add this perspective because it was a normal mindset for his period or was it merely a hyperbole?

A. Square
The Point
The King of Lineland
The Sphere
The Hectagonal Grandson

Where does the book take place?
Where was Lineland in relation to the 3 dimensional world? i.e. how did the Sphere enter lineland?
Why is this book set in 2D and not some other dimension?
How does this affect the conflicts within the book?


What is a major issue?
Class Conflict: Different shapes, i.e. classes, are not in harmony. The lower shapes have a history of revolution.
What kinds of world issues do some events in the book relate to?

Is the color revolution a metaphor for a revolution for equal rights?
Was this book possibly a historical account of the scientific revolution and scientists like Galileo or was the author writing about the current suppression of ideas?

Style of Writing/Narration:
Was it difficult to read this book? If so, why?
Did the writing style allow you to understand the concept of different dimensions?

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