Free Study Guide for Shane by Jack Schaefer|
STUDY GUIDE FOR SHANE SUMMARY NOTES
Because of his past life, Shane easily defeats Wilson and Fletcher,
shooting and killing them both in the saloon in a matter of moments. He
is tortured by his actions, but feels that he has done the right thing,
for Fletcher’s death insures the safety of the Starretts and their farm.
He knows, however, that he cannot remain in the valley, for he will be
forever labeled a murderer. As a result, the plot ends with Shane leaving
town forever. He is headed to an unknown future where he will have to
struggle once again to overcome his past.
1. Although the details of Shane’s past life are not detailed by the author,
it is obvious that he has been a gunslinger. How is this shown in the
2. Fully explain why Shane has come to the valley and how he tries to change his life.
3. Explain how Bob, Joe, and Marian each react to Shane upon first meeting him. What do their very different reactions reveal about his as people?
4. Compare and contrast the physical and emotional side of Joe and Shane.
5. During the course of the novel, how does Joe feel about Shane and how is this revealed?
6. During the course of the novel, how does Bob feel about Shane and how is this revealed?
7. During the course of the novel, how does Marian feel about Shane and how is this revealed?
8. During the course of the novel, how do the other farmers in the valley feel about Shane and how is this revealed?
9. During the course of the novel, how does Shane feel about each of the Starretts and how is this revealed?
10. What is the agony that Shane suffers during the course of the novel? What does he decide to do in the end and why?
11. Explain what happens in the final saloon scene?
12. What is your reaction to having a young boy serve as the narrator of the story? Explain your response.
13. Why does Shane feel he has to leave town? Why does he not say good-bye to Marian and Joe?
14. Does the story end in comedy or tragedy? Support your answer with a full explanation.
15. What is the major theme of the novel and how is it developed?
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