Essay Topic 1
Throughout the novel, the author spends a great deal of time describing the cities of Memphis and Nashville. Why do you think the differences in these two cities is important to the plot of the novel? Are the cities symbolic of Southern culture and Southern families? How does this novel compare to other well-known books set in the South?
Essay Topic 2
The three surviving Carver children never marry. Discuss each character's attempt at marriage and how the attempts are foiled by Father. What kind of men do Betsy and Josephine choose? How are they similar? How are they different? How do these men both fit into the social character of the Carver family?
Essay Topic 3
Typically a four leaf clover is a symbol of good luck. In the novel, Phillip asks his mother for the four leaf clover pendant he sees on her dressing table. The...
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