- Consider Shehan’s abuse, both by peers and
Black Tieat Victoria Academy. How does this relate to being queer in an all-boy’s school?
- How does
Black Tie’sviolence against the boys at Victoria Academy mirror the violence against Tamils in Sri Lanka? Consider issues of bureaucracy and power.
- Consider the restrictions on friendships between members of the opposite sex in Sri Lanka. How are seemingly mundane acts sexualized?
- How does Arjie respond to his first kiss and first sexual encounter with Shehan? How does this connect with his earlier notions of masculinity pressed upon him by his family, and school?
- How does Arjie come to terms with his love for Shehan and his understanding of his homosexual identity? How does this change Arjie socially, specifically in relation to figures of authority?
- How does the epilogue function in the greater context of the novel? How does this
Riot Journalmirror Arjie’s newfound self-awareness?
- How does Selvadurai blur ethnic and sexual identities in the
- Selvadurai, Shyam. Funny Boy: A Novel. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1997. Print.