Essay Topic 1
The opening of the novel is set in a state penitentiary, a community with its own rules for justice and power. First, describe the physicality of the prison. Then, explain how this small civilization functions. How are respect and power earned? Give at least one example from the text that supports your argument.
Essay Topic 2
From the opening of the novel, Lamar Pye is described as a protective man. First, describe the first scenes in which Lamar Pye is introduced to the reader. What / who is he protecting? Then, give examples of at least two relationships in Lamar Pye's life in which he acts as the protector, giving examples from the text to support your argument.
Essay Topic 3
Much of the novel's plot surrounds Bud's changing relationship with his wife. First, describe the relationship Bud has with his wife at the opening of the novel and...
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