How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Charles Yu
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Essay Topic 1

Identify and analyze the narrative style and setting of the novel. In what person and tense is the narrative written?

Essay Topic 2

Define and discuss literary allusion in the narrative. From what film or literature does the character of Luke Skywalker arise?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the themes of time and memory in the novel. How are time and memory related, according to the narrator?

Essay Topic 4

Describe and discuss the settings of Universe 31 and TM-31. What is the size of the universe? How big is Charles's ship?

Essay Topic 5

Analyze and discuss the theory of "chronodiegetics" and the relationship between time and literature in the novel. How is literary narrative symbolized?

Essay Topic 6

Describe and analyze the character of Phil in the narrative. How does the narrator feel about Phil? What does Phil symbolize?

Essay Topic 7

Describe the narrator's interaction with his client in...

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