Essay Topic 1
The two main characters in this story - Richard and Shimoda - are the central focus of the story, even though this is a story about the idea of illusions.
Part 1: Describe the character of Richard at the start of the story.
Part 2: Describe the character of Shimoda.
Part 3: How do each of the characters change during the course of the story?
Essay Topic 2
The idea of a Messiah being able to quit is a unique idea in the eyes of most readers.
Part 1: How is the term Messiah defined in this story?
Part 2: Why does Shimoda want to quit his position as a Messiah?
Part 3: How does Shimoda end up quitting his role as the Master or Messiah?
Essay Topic 3
The theme of flying is symbolic in a number of ways in this story. The planes which fly are gypsy planes, unchecked and possibly illegal...
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