Essay Topic 1
How does Fernando fit the archetype of the hero? What other characters in the book also seem like heroes, and how do they compare and contrast with Fernando?
Essay Topic 2
Describe how Carlos's use of setting helps the reader visualize and experience the political events of the book.
Essay Topic 3
Describe the relationship between history and memory in this book. In your opinion, is this book more about Carlos's memories or more about history? Explain your thoughts, using as much detail from the text as you can remember.
Essay Topic 4
Compare and contrast the archetypal villains of the militia, Fidel, and Ernesto.
Essay Topic 5
Describe in detail Carlos's complex relationship with his father. Why does he feel the way he does? Does Louis XVI deserve such a sentiment?
Essay Topic 6
Discuss the themes of fear and risk-taking and how the two interact with each other in...
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