Essay Topic 1
How does Divakaruni set the framework for the novel? Which characters are emphasized in the beginning? How can you predict what will happen by the framework in Chapters 1 and 2?
Essay Topic 2
What is the role of each of the Chatterjee family mothers? Which one stands out the most, and why?
Essay Topic 3
What role do myths, legends, and traditions play in Anju and Sudha's lives? Does this role control their lives or add to it? Is it a positive or negative influence?
Essay Topic 4
At what point do both Sudha and Anju find peace? Will this peace last long? What might influence the way the girls find peace with each other in the future?
Essay Topic 5
Do the benefits of tradition outweigh the costs for Sudha and Anju?
Essay Topic 6
In what way does Anju become more optimistic before her wedding? How and why does Sudha...
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