ODE TO BILLY JOE





"Study Guide Questions":
  • What did Billie Joe and his girlfriend throw off the Tallahatchie Bridge?
  • Why did Billie Joe commit suicide?

Bobbie Gentry:

"Those questions are of secondary importance in my mind. The story of Billie Joe has two more interesting underlying themes. First, the illustration of a group of people's reactions to the life and death of Billie Joe, and its subsequent effect on their lives, is made. Second, the obvious gap between the girl and her mother is shown, when both women experience a common loss (first, Billie Joe and, later, Papa), and yet Mama and the girl are unable to recognize their mutual loss or share their grief."



AMERICAN SURREALISM: BING, BOBBIE & TINY TIM



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