Marley and Me Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

John Grogan (journalist)
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Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of the memoir, author John Grogan reminisces about his childhood dog, Saint Shaun. How does he describe the dog? What does he say about Shaun in regards to other dogs? Compare and contrast Shaun with his second pet dog, Marley, citing examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Define memoir as a literary genre. What elements of the memoir are found in Marley & Me? Briefly outline the main points of Marley's life as they are described in the book and discuss why you believe they are or are not appropriate inclusions in a memoir about a man and his dog.

Essay Topic 3

Marley & Me is a first person narrative, told from John Grogan's point-of-view. Briefly explain how the first person narrative is effective and how it is limited. Give four specific examples that show how the memoir is effective when told from John Grogan's...

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