Q25: Just Like Other Daughters

Clothing plays an important part in our lives and in those of the characters we’re reading about. Faulkner describes how Alicia feels about Chloe’s clothes:

“But I still think it’s important that I dress her the way I would dress a daughter of average intelligence.”

And how Thomas’s clothes make him appear as “other”: “floppy orange  bucket hat, green Thomas the Tank Engine t-shirt with big armholes, plaid orange and purple shorts.” Pp. 158-159

It appears that Alicia and Margaret choose all of their children’s clothes for them.  Should they; or should Chloe and Thomas be allowed to pick their own clothes, even if they make them stand out as different?

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