Essay Topic 1
The first scene in "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" begins with a traditional scene in a romance. A woman in a bathtub. All women know she will be either waiting for a lover or comforting herself because of a fight or break-up with a lover. The reader is told that the big, fluffy cat in the room with her is named Guinevere. To keep the romance and courtly love in full view of the audience is the Labrador named Merlin. There will be some type of magic.
1. What is a cliche? Do you think the comment about a woman in a bathtub is a cliche? Why or why not? Use examples from "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" and your own life to support your answer.
2. What do you think the author is attempting to do by naming the cat and dog Guinevere and Merlin? Use examples from "Suzanne's...
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