Secondhand Lions


Put yourself in Walter shoes at the beginning of the movie.  How would you feel about your mom?  Would you believe her?  Is the really trying to keep the family together? Is she coming back in a couple weeks/months? (4)


At the beginning of the movie it is evident that Walter doesn’t have a lot of self esteem and isn’t overly happy with his life.  How do we, the viewers, know this? (list at least two and explain) (2)

3.  What happens in the movie to show the viewer that Walter is starting to build up his confidence and feel a sense of belonging? Explain how you know this (2)

How does Walter help his uncles? (1)

5. How are Walter and the lion similar? (2)

6. At the end of the movie the writers use a double entendre to end the movie on a powerful note.  What is a double entrendre?  How is it used in the movie?  How does it allow the movie to have a powerful ending?(5)

A figure of speech in which a spoken phrase is made to be understood in either of two ways.  At the end of the movie the phrase, ‘They really lived’, is said in two ways: meaning they actually existed and weren’t just made up and they had a fulfilling life and accomplished many things.  This is a very powerful way to end the movie because throughout the movie we aren’t sure which stories were true and which were  “lions”.  With the little boy saying they really lived it validates all the stories to be true.  With Walter repeating the line, it validates that the two uncles didn’t just sit around waiting to die after their ‘young years’ they continued to live and experience life to the fullest.

Why do you think the movie is titled Secondhand Lion? Be sure to support your answer (2)

8.  How did being raised by his uncles impact the man Walter grew to be? (3)

Walter is a dynamic character in that he changes and grows as the story progresses.  Write a well developed paragraph showing how Walter grows throughout the story. What impacts his changes? Who does he become?Tips on writing a perfect sentence can be found HERE.

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