Essay Topic 1
Chapter 1 contains the moment that divides Jacob's life into the Before and After to which he referred in the Prologue - the death of his grandfather, and Jacob's sighting of the face in the woods. Like most such Before and After moments, it marks the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another - in this case, what amounts to the end of Jacob's childhood and the beginning of his maturation into adulthood. It also marks the beginning of his journey into the truth, both of who his grandfather was and who Jacob actually is.
1. Why do you think it was necessary for Abe to die in order for this story to advance? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
2. Discuss how the death of Jacob's grandfather was an impetus for Jacob to begin maturing. Use examples...
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