Discussion Questions for Cider House Rules

Discussion Questions for Cider House Rules
  1. How important is the setting of this film: an orphanage, in Beautiful Maine, a stodgy building, etc?
  2. What did you think of Dr. Larch by the end of the movie: knowing that he doctored Homer’s heart health records and lied to Homer? Did you have any reaction to his addiction to ether?
  3. Larch makes the interesting statement that because women don’t legally have the right to choose, Homer Wells does not have a moral claim in choosing not to perform abortions. Do you find Larch’s argument compelling? Do you think Homer was ultimately convinced?
  4. What struck you about the presentation of fatherhood? Think of   Larch’s fatherly role towards Homer and compare him to Melody and Candy’s father?
  5. How do you think the film portrayed women: Candy and Melody? Do you think those characters would be written differently today?
  6. Why do you think that Homer performed the abortion on MELODY?
  7. How did this film alter your attitude toward abortion?
  8. If you can, imagine what would happen if abortion was made illegal again? How would women’s lives change?

 

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