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Zoo Story Part 2: ORPHANS




A central theme of Zoo Story is "the paradox of freedom." A paradox is a statement that contradicts itself. For example, "I always lie" is a paradox because if it is true it must be false.

Zoo Story writer Thomas French says,

"On a good day, zoos remind us of the possibilities of existence, what it's like to walk across the earth, or swim in its oceans, or fly above its forests.

Even though the animals in front of you, the ones on display, will never have the chance to do any of those things again.

What do you think of this "paradox of freedom" French talks about? With your classmates, family or friends, make a two-column list of reasons why there should or should not be zoos. Share your list and views in the comments section below. (Keep your list and revisit it at the end of the Zoo Story series to see if your views have changed).

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:44am]


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