Essay Topic 1
This novel is narrated in the first person, with Michael Berg, the main character, acting as the narrator. What are the advantages of Michael narrating a story in which he is a central character? What are the disadvantages? How does the author use Michael's "flashbacks" to convey the central themes of the novel?
Essay Topic 2
The author uses an interesting technique in the beginning of the novel; he doesn't introduce the readers to Michael until Michael and Hanna formally introduce themselves. Why is this? Why might this technique be beneficial to the story? Why not? Do you think this was a conscious decision by the author? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
In the early chapters of the novel, Michael describes the setting--Hanna's apartment, the city, the streetcars--in great detail. How do Michael's detailed descriptions give the reader clues to his character? How do details about...
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