Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the characters of Violet and Dorcas. How are their lives different? How are the characters the same?
Essay Topic 2
How is Violet described in the initial portion of the novel? Do you think this is a fair description of Violet's character? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
How do you describe the development of the relationship between Alice and Violet? Why do you think Violet is so determined to befriend Alice? What benefits do both women derive from the relationship?
Essay Topic 4
Describe the significance of Malvonne's presence in Morrison's novel. What does the character of Malvonne add to the plot? What is the story like if Morrison does not include such an antagonist?
Essay Topic 5
How is racism explored and conveyed in Morrison's work? Why do you think Morrison writes about it in this way?
Essay Topic 6
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