Essay Topic 1
What is the purpose behind using an unnamed narrator to tell a story? Why did the author choose not to name many of the characters? What message do you think she was trying to send?
Essay Topic 2
How does the author use minimalism in these stories? Why do you think Susan Minot writes from a minimalist perspective? Use specific examples from the stories.
Essay Topic 3
Why does the author write about unlikable characters? What makes the characters particularly unlikable? Analyze at least three different characters and determine why they are unlikable.
Essay Topic 4
Describe three symbols present in the book. Why are these symbols? What do they represent in the context of the story?
Essay Topic 5
Which characters in the book exhibit the most character depth? Why? What are some specific examples? Which characters in the book exhibit the least depth? What are some specific examples...
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