Play It as It Lays Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Discuss mental illness as a theme in the novel.

1. How is treatment of mental illness represented in the novel?

2. What is Maria's familial history with mental illness?

Essay Topic 2

Choose two characters and address how they communicate their thoughts and feelings to one another. Are they effective communicators? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the Point of View in the novel.

1. Discuss the rotating points of views in the novel:

a. Maria's third person and first person point of views.

b. Helene's point of view.

c. Carter's point of view.

Essay Topic 4

Discuss the representation of the film industry in the novel.

1. Discuss Maria's, Carter's, and BZ's professions within the industry.

2. How is the business of movie-making portrayed?

3. What is the dominant culture of the film industry?

Essay Topic 5

Discuss the treatment of women in the novel. What roles are women valued for and why? What is the...

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