Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast all the different generational relationships in the novel: James and Arthur Jarvis, John Harrison, Sr. and Jr., Kumalo and Absalom, Gertrude, and Napoleon. Can any broad conclusions be made about the older and younger generations? Why or why not? Based on the representation of the younger generation, is the outlook for South Africa’s future optimistic or pessimistic? Be sure to support your argument with examples from the text.
Essay Topic 2
Who is the protagonist of the novel and why? Would you have preferred the novel be told from another character’s perspective? Who and why? Make a strong argument for your protagonist, and support your argument with examples from the text.
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast how city life and rural life are presented in the novel. Which is given precedence, and how? Do you think this is a fair and accurate...
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