Working With Vocabulary: Are the Kellers "Holier than Thou"?
|at the end of her rope
driving . crazy
take up housekeeping
turn his back on
Complete these paragraphs by writing the above words where they belong on the blanks.
In a conversation with Annie before her brother George's arrival, Sue asks her
for a small (1)
: Would she and Chris please live far away from the
neighborhood once they get married and (2)
? Sue tells Annie that
she is tired of Chris's "phony (3)
." She says that because of it she
is now (4)
. Plain and simple, Chris is (5)
and making him unhappy as a result. She explains that Dr.
Jim, who is a good doctor, has always wanted to do medical research and
things. However, because research does not pay much, it is not
practical for a family man like her husband to devote his life to it despite its ultimate
value for humanity. As Sue says, to be a researcher, "You've got to (7)
your life to go into it."
What troubles Sue about Chris is that he makes people want to be better than it is
possible for them to be -- so much so, in fact, that after her husband spends some time
with Chris, he starts feeling that he is (8)
his life by not pursuing a
research career. Sue is afraid that her husband has put Chris on a pedestal. He idolizes a
, not a real man. Sue insists that the integrity of Chris's actions is
questionable since he draws (10)
from his father's business every week.
Why, in fact, doesn't Chris see, as everyone else in the neighborhood does, that the
money from his father's business is dirty?
Annie resents what Sue implies and tells her not to (11)
However, like it or not, these questions must undoubtedly surface in her mind: Has
Chris's head been buried too much in the sand? Might Joe be as guilty as the neighbors
believe he is? If, in fact, Joe Keller was guilty for the same crime as her father, would
his father as she did on hers?
What do you think? Write a short paragraph in response to the following questions. Then share what you have written with a partner.
- Do you believe Joe Keller is guilty? Why or why not?
- Do you think Chris will turn his back on his father if he learns that Joe Keller actually did share the guilt for the crime with Ann's father? Why or why not?
- If your answer to #2 was "yes," how do you think Joe Keller would respond?