Questions for Goodman’s, “The
1. Goodman’s Essay is marked by irony throughout. Analyze the use of irony
here-in language, in juxtaposition of images, and within scenes. Do you
find that the level of irony appropriate, or does it ever strike you as heavy
2. Goodman wrote this essay in the early 1970’s. What values and social
constructs does it suggest were common at the time? Using evidence from
your own experience, would you say that things today are different or
pretty much the same?