Essay Topic 1
How does Shabanu's love for the animals represent both her freedom and her undoing?
Essay Topic 2
What does the character Sharma represent in the story? What advice does she give Shabanu, and what role does that advice play in the choices Shabanu makes?
Essay Topic 3
Did the family buy Phulan's happiness and their own security by selling Shabanu to the highest bidder? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 4
Discuss the two choices Sharma tells Shabanu she has when it comes to her marriage to Rahim-sahib. How does Shabanu interpret this advice? Is the idea of a choice a dangerous illusion for Shabanu?
Essay Topic 5
Discuss the many ironic elements of the novel in terms of chapter titles, statements versus actions, and the culture.
Essay Topic 6
The news often carries images of Pakistan and other Middle Eastern countries. Compare and contrast those images with the setting portrayed...
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