Essay Topic 1
What is the symbolism behind the name "McDick Corporation"?
Essay Topic 2
Too often Marion, Tyrone, Harry, and Sara focus on unrealistic goals and fantasies. Examine how these characters live outside reality. What are their goals in doing so, and what do they accomplish?
Essay Topic 3
How does Tyrone change throughout the novel?
Essay Topic 4
Sara begins taking the pills as the doctor orders: three before every meal. When Sara no longer feels the buzz that they gave her in the beginning, she starts taking them all at once to start her day. What internal struggle drives Sara to abuse her medication?
Essay Topic 5
What is the significance of the novel opening and closing with Sara watching television?
Essay Topic 6
The police are mentioned sporadically throughout the novel. How are they portrayed? Students may want to look at the police involvement in the Harlan Jefferson drug sale...
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