Essay Topic 1
The suicide in this novel seems to be the one event which pulls everyone together, while at the same time driving them all apart.
Part 1: Why do you think the suicide affects Leon in the way it does?
Part 2: How do you think Leila has been changed by the suicide of Ona?
Part 3: Why do you think Ona decided to kill herself?
Essay Topic 2
The struggle between the 'normal' culture and the Chinese culture is seen throughout the novel.
Part 1: Why do you think that modern culture has trouble accepting foreigners?
Part 2: Do you think it's fair to try to push one culture into behaving in a certain way? Why or why not?
Part 3: Do you think that differing cultures can coexist peacefully and without conflict? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
The idea of the bones being the reason for the bad luck in the...
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