Essay Topic 1
What is the significance of the narrator's name not being identified? Why does the author leave the narrator nameless with the exception of Lou who calls the narrator "Bunny"? Explain.
Essay Topic 2
Describe the major settings for the novel. Why does White use the settings he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?
Essay Topic 3
Explain the taboo of homosexuality in the 1950s and 1960s. Compare and contrast homosexuality in America during this time to homosexuality in America today. What major changes have occurred--both positive and negative?
Essay Topic 4
Explain the significance of the novel's title--"The Beautiful Room is Empty". Why did White choose this title? Is there an understood message in the title? Is there another title you can suggest that might be more appropriate?
Essay Topic 5
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