Essay Topic 1
Ellen Thatcher goes by many names in the book. Discuss and analyze the names she goes by and what is happening in her life at the time of each change.
Essay Topic 2
As an adult, Jimmy Herf often slips into daydreams as he is walking or working. How does this ability to daydream affect his job at the Times? Who are characters in his daydreams? What do some of his daydreams mean?
Essay Topic 3
Stan Emery is a rich kid who can't seem to find his way in life. Describe his lifestyle and how it eventually leads to his demise. Include incidents from the book.
Essay Topic 4
Describe Congo's outlook on life and how he progresses throughout the book. Does he retain his sense of humanity? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 5
At one point Ellen says that having children is an admission of defeat. Eventually...
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