A Salty Piece of Land Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the weather phenomena seen throughout the novel and the themes weather is used to illuminate.

Essay Topic 2

Cleopatra tells Tully that the hummingbird that lands on her arm as she stands atop the Cayo Loco is off course. How does the hummingbird represent Tully? What role does Cleopatra play in Tully's life?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how Buffet weaves literary works and movie references into the novel to help illuminate themes. Use specific examples.

Essay Topic 4

Discuss the symbolism of nature used in A Salty Piece of Land, including crocodiles, fish, pelicans, and volcanos.

Essay Topic 5

Discuss the two pieces of art that Tully carries with him on his journey. How does he acquire each of them, and what role do they play in the plot and themes of the novel?

Essay Topic 6

Discuss Buffet's use of both traditional and non-traditional religion in A Salty Piece...

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