Essay Topic 1
Who are Dale and Betty Hawthorne? What are they like before the accident and after? How does the death of their son affect them?
Essay Topic 2
Dale Hawthorne is described as being in the throws of a religious crisis after the death of his son. What is his spiritual crisis, and how does he deal with it?
Essay Topic 3
The narrator compares Jack working out his feeling while he works on the farm to acting on a stage. What is Jack's stage? What is his performance? Who is his audience?
Essay Topic 4
Why does Jack describe Phoebe as his "sole ally, already half traitor"?
Essay Topic 5
The narrator, when talking about the stories Jack tells aloud based on his fantasies, states "the lie was too obvious, the manipulation of shame to buy love." What does he mean by this statement? How does it apply to Dale...
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