1. The setting for Dogwood is West Virginia. In what ways is the setting a
2. One legend says Christ was crucifi ed on a dogwood tree, which at one
time grew straight and tall; then he promised it would never be used
for executions again. “Slender and twisted it shall always be, with crossshaped
blossoms for all to see.” What signifi cance does this legend have
in the themes and characters of the novel?
3. Will Hatfi eld is a Christ fi gure. In what ways does his life parallel the life
of Jesus? To what lengths does he go to pursue his love? Conversely,
what are Will’s flaws?
4. Karin is a character who, in a sense, cannot respond to Will’s love. How
does her life parallel the spiritual condition of every person?