Essay Topic 1
How does the author of the novel incorporate the theme of joy of seeing being more important than the joy of living into the novel? Do you agree with this theme? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
In what ways are the various settings important throughout the novel? Could the themes and actions of the novel be as well developed in any setting? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Throughout the novel there is a continuous conflict between art as a representation of meaning and art for its own sake. Which side of this conflict do your beliefs fall that art should be? Why do you feel this way? Where do you think Black stands on this issue?
Essay Topic 4
What is Butterfly's logic to including the color red in his illustrations? Why do you think the masters would not include a dog in the illustrations...
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