Essay Topic 1
Discuss the biography and works of the author and the critical response of Gym Candy. When was the book published and what awards has it garnered? How does the biography of the author relate to the novel's setting and themes?
Essay Topic 2
Describe the narrative voice of the novel and analyze Mick Johnson as the protagonist. What is revealed about Mick's childhood in the first three chapters? How does the reader know Mick is the protagonist?
Essay Topic 3
Analyze and discuss the character of Mick's father in the novel. How does Mick feel about his father growing up? How do Mike's actions during Mick's childhood help to develop Mick's character?
Essay Topic 4
Discuss the theme of heroism in the novel. How does the fall of Mick's father from heroic status affect the protagonist? What other characters in the novel exhibit heroic characteristics? How?
Essay Topic 5
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