Blue Highways: A Journey Into America Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

What epiphany does William have at the beginning of the book? What personal difficulties is he experiencing when he has this epiphany? What does he hope to achieve by acting on this idea?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the symbolism of William's van, Ghost Dancing. Why does he give this name to his van? What does it represent to him?

Essay Topic 3

Is William well-prepared for his journey? What items does he pack that keep him safe during bad weather conditions? What items does he include to inspire him, and why is inspiration important to him on this trip?

Essay Topic 4

Discuss what William learns about race relations in the Deep South. How do the views and attitudes of Ray contrast with those of James and Charles? Why is William surprised by these contrasting viewpoints?

Essay Topic 5

Discuss three encounters William has with people during his travels that...

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