How do the people of Ruby recreate the same prejudices and forms of discrimination that the founders were trying to escape?
Offer a detailed theory about the meaning of the title of the novel. On the surface, neither Ruby nor the Convent seems like a paradise. What might Morrison have intended by choosing this title?
The novel does not have a simply linear plot progression. Describe the novel's plot progression and what effect this has on the reader.
Some of the residents of Ruby seem to think that the root of all their past problems were white people. Based on the outcome of the novel and what we learn about human nature, is this believe and oversimplification? Which characters best illustrate your stance on the subject?
Do you believe that Mavis' family really intended or even wanted to kill her? Could there be another reason for Mavis believing...
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