Essay Topic 1
How is Himes' work different from Wright's and Baldwin's? In what way is Himes' work equally relevant to his more famous counterparts'?
Essay Topic 2
How was Himes brought up and how was his upbringing different to many other African American writers during that time? How did Himes' upbringing affect his writings?
Essay Topic 3
What are the meanings of Jones' dreams? What meaning do the dreams bring to the story?
Essay Topic 4
What does Jones mean by becoming a real man? What obstacles are in Jones' way to achieve this dream and how can he overcome them?
Essay Topic 5
In what way is Jones not entirely innocent of the accusations directed at him at the end of the novel? How will Jones cope in the army?
Essay Topic 6
What kind of life were black people leading in 1940s America? Choose one of the black characters in the...
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