Anything Is Possible Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Elizabeth Strout
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Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the character of Tommy Guptill in the novel. What are Tommy's actions, objectives, and obstacles in "The Sign"? How would you describe Tommy's outlook in life? Where does he live? How old is he?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the character of Patty Nicely in "Windmills." How old is Patty? What information is the reader given about Patty's past? What has led to Patty's aversion to sex?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the themes of infidelity and sex in Anything Is Possible. How are these themes developed through character? How are they reinforced through symbolism in the narrative? What effects have infidelities had on these characters?

Essay Topic 4

Discuss the theme of family in Anything Is Possible. How is family perceived by the different characters in each of the nine stories in the collection? What overall statement do you think the author is making regarding...

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