Essay Topic 1
How does the historical perspective provided by the objects, Spike, and Abu influence the way we perceive the events of the story? Is the story be the same without Robbins' historical account and interpretation of the conflict in Jerusalem? In what ways is it different? Cite at least three specific examples where the historical background has a significant impact on the reader's understanding of the narrative.
Essay Topic 2
A lot of time is spent in this novel considering the role of perception on reality. What relationship does the novel suggest exists between an individual's perception or interpretation and reality or truth? Cite at least three specific examples to support your position.
Essay Topic 3
Several ideas about art and the role of the artist are explored throughout the novel. Choose three characters and compare their ideas of art and the artist. In order to accomplish this, you...
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