Compare and contrast the characters of Violet and Dorcas. How are their lives different? How are the characters the same?
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?
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?
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?
How is racism explored and conveyed in Morrison's work? Why do you think Morrison writes about it in this way?
Briefly summarize the incident when Malvonne finds the mail behind the refrigerator. What does she do in...
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