Essay Topic 1
Explain why the author begins the book with the story of Philip seeing the hanged man and why she refers back to it in the final chapter. What does the hanged man have to do with Philip’s experience with Rachel? What does the author hope to convey to the reader through the hanged man and Philip’s reaction to him?
Essay Topic 2
Describe the influence Philip’s upbringing had on him. How does it affect his relationships with women, particularly Louise and Rachel? How does it affect his views of women and marriage?
Essay Topic 3
What makes Philip an unreliable narrator? Why did the author choose him as the narrator? How does it impact the information the author imparts?
Essay Topic 4
Throughout the novel, Philip’s moods and attitudes toward people and places change based on what is going on in his life. Explain how...
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