1) In class, we have briefly discussed the Catholic religion in the Philippines, as well as seen the brief interjection of President McKinley’s desire to “Christianize” the islands on page 71. Aside from the obvious religious culture background, most of the themes/ character actions seem to stray from standard Catholic/ Christian values. How does religion play a role in this section? Is Joey’s confession somehow a return to religion?What of the “prayer” at then end of the novel?
2)What is the function of the Love Letters chapter and why is it paired with the interrogation and rape of Daisy? Does it somehow speak to the (mis)use of sex previously discussed in the novel, or is it commenting on something entirely different?
3)How does the Pucha Gonzaga chapter change your reading, if at all? Does it change the optimism in the previous chapter, or is Pucha more unreliable than she claims Rio is, why?