Tears of the Giraffe Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Alexander McCall Smith
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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the novel's title. Why do you think Smith named the book Tears of the Giraffe? Now that you have read the book, how does that alter your understanding of the title? Are you intrigued to find a sequel or more mysteries with Ramotswe? Why or why not? Cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the detecting techniques of Precious Ramotswe and Makutsi. Cover how they each approach the various detective cases they receive and whether their intuitions were correct. Who actually solves the cases and how?

Essay Topic 3

How is sexuality portrayed in Tears of the Giraffe? Which characters appear overtly sexual? Which characters are sexually appealing to others and why? What sexual taboos are broken and what issues are raised in relation to sex?

Essay Topic 4

Discuss Badule's character, comparing and contrasting him with Matekoni and Dr. Ranta.

Essay Topic 5

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