Breakfast on Pluto Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Patrick McCabe (novelist)
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Essay Topic 1

What type of narrator is Patrick? Why did the author choose to tell the story from his point of view? Is Patrick reliable or not? Use examples from the text to support your opinions and explain what impact Patrick as a narrator had on the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Describe how Patrick is looking for a caregiver in "Breakfast on Pluto". What type of caregiver is he seeking? How does he look for this person and what are the results?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of motherhood is strong throughout this novel. How does the theme of motherhood affect Patrick? How does it dictate what he does, thinks, and feels? How does this theme move the plot forward?

Essay Topic 4

How does Patrick's gender confusion develop his character? How does it affect his relationships with other people? When is his gender confusion helpful to him and when does...

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