Essay Topic 1
In the first part of the book we are given a summary of the protagonist's life, but by the end we realize he was much more complex than originally portrayed. Part 1.) Why do you think the author chose to summarize William's life at the beginning of the book, what was he trying to portray using this method? Part 2.) How might the author hope summarizing would bring the reader in more deeply to William's situation and was he successful at this? Part 3.) Was William's life as uneventful as suggested in the summary of his life at the beginning of the book or was there much more complexity than originally portrayed?
Essay Topic 2
Examine the author's portrayal of farm life in the book. How is the way of life of William's parents on the farm different from what he finds in college and what did farm life prevent...
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