Question from novel discussion guide: On page 87, the Reverend Everly Thomas explains the Barons’ existence on either side of the dreaded fence as not about wealth per se, but about being “wealthy in spirit.” Discuss what this means, and how it relates to the slaves ability to be near the fence while the other ghosts remain unable to stand such proximity. Reference at least 2 specific examples from the novel in your response.
Question from novel discussion guide: In what ways do the social structures (class, gender, race, etc.) of this time period manifest in the bardo? How does Saunders play with and explore historical attitudes towards race and class throughout the novel? Reference at least 2 specific examples from the novel in your response. Draw on outside sources if you think it could help develop historical context.