Black Cherry Blues Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Dave Robicheaux is the main character in a number of mystery novels by James Lee Burke. One of the most interesting things about Robicheaux is his Cajun background. It is therefore, useful to understand a little of Cajun culture. Discuss the following:

1. Who are the Cajuns? In what area of the United States do they reside? Who are several famous "real-life" Cajuns?

2. Describe some of the major aspects of the Cajun culture.

3. What about Dave Robicheaux reveals his Cajun heritage?

4. Why do you think James Lee Burke chooses to make his primary protagonist Cajun?

Essay Topic 2

Dave's wife is murdered in a previous novel in this series. Discuss the following:

1. How much do you think Dave's wife's murder influences how he behaves in this novel?

2. Do you think Dave is doing a good job of parenting Alafair alone? Why, or why not?

3. How do you think...

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