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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