Compare and contrast Maria's mentality of what a woman's role is with that of the mentality of most women living in the twenty-first century.
Describe how the Latin culture's mentality of living differs from Maria's mentality of living. What does the culture place great importance on that Maria disregards?
Explain why Coelho wrote the novel in the third person omniscient point of view. Compare and contrast what the third person omniscient point of view offers the reader that first person cannot.
Discuss how Maria continuously ignores her instincts throughout the novel. How does this have great importance on Maria's behavior?
Compare and contrast Maria's life to that of the life of a roller coaster. Why is this a good metaphor for Coelho to have used in support of his comparisons?
What does the library represent to Maria? Explain how the library symbolizes her own dreams and desires?
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