Essay Topic 1
Self-interest is the primary motivation of most of the character in Buckley's novel. Write an essay on the role of self-interest in the narrative, focusing on three parts:
Part 1) Twice over the course of the novel, Nick Naylor sleeps with a woman, believing that she is genuinely interested in him, only to find out that she is after personal gain. Discuss these two instances and the self-interest that drives both women? How is Nick instrumental to their separate goals?
Part 2) Nick does not trust BR at the beginning of the novel, but as strange events accumulate and Nick's live is endangered, he grows to rely on BR. How is this a terrible mistake for Nick? What ulterior motive does BR have in ingratiating himself to Nick? What does he hide from Nick in pursuit of this goal?
Part 3) Choose a tertiary character that is supposed...
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