Essay Topic 1
Explain how Glenmerle plays a role in the development of Van as a person and the plot of this book.
Essay Topic 2
Sailing is a dream of Van's and referenced often. Explore the symbolism of sailing and life on the sea. How does this symbol help develop the book?
Essay Topic 3
Explain what Van and Davy's "shining barrier" is. How do they form it? How is it successful or unsuccessful? What is the purpose of the barrier?
Essay Topic 4
Examine the theme of privacy in this book. Show how the author uses this theme to explore religion.
Essay Topic 5
Track Van's religious development throughout the book. Where does he end? How does he get there? What is the purpose of Van's religious development?
Essay Topic 6
Track Davy's religious development throughout the book. Where does it end? How does she get there? What is the purpose of...
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