Amsterdam Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe Molly's character.

Molly is described as being an independent woman. She has her own career, as a restaurant critic, and is very charismatic. She also keeps many lovers, which implies that she does not love her husband, George, as much as she loves her lovers.

2. Describe George's character.

George is a man with a reputation for being greedy and managerial. He despises Molly's lovers because he knows that she loves them more than she loves him. He wants to seek revenge on them.

3. Why is Molly's death humiliating in Clive's eyes?

Clive considers Molly's death to be humiliating because she dies without the people she loves near her. George takes complete control of her care and shuts out the people she loves from being near her. She also suffers the agonizing pain of having a terminal disease.

4. How are George, Clive, Vernon, and Julian connected?

George is Molly's husband, and he hates Molly's former lovers - Clive, Vernon, and Julian. Clive and Vernon, who also share a hatred for Julian because they have differing political views.

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