Essay Topic 1
What is Carnelle's overall goal in joining the beauty pageant? What does she hope to gain from it?
Essay Topic 2
How does Beth Henley use Southern dialect and culture in the play? What effect does it have on the reader/audience?
Essay Topic 3
What kind of reputation does each character have in the play? How do they seek to change this? Are they successful?
Essay Topic 4
In what way does each of the main characters seek redemption? How do they achieve redemption, if they do?
Essay Topic 5
How does Carnelle experience a reversal of fortune? How does it change her outlook, or does it?
Essay Topic 6
Which characters are seeking their self-identity? How do they seek to find it?
Essay Topic 7
Describe each character's quest for love in the play.
Essay Topic 8
How is Popeye an example of an ironic character? What is the purpose of...
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