Essay Topic 1
Water related images pervade the novel. What do you think the water symbolizes and why do you think the author chose water? Cite at least three water images from the novel, making sure to explain them both in their immediate context and the context of the novel as a whole.
Essay Topic 2
Aimee blames her mother for Laura's death. Iris, too, blames herself for Laura's death, but defends herself by saying she did not choose her actions, but was rather forced into them. Is Iris responsible for Laura's death, and if so, what could she have done to prevent it and if not, why not?
Essay Topic 3
The novel explores many issues related to social class, both in the main narrative and the sub narrative. Compare the rigid class structure of Sakiel-Norn to that of the early to mid twentieth century class structure as depicted in...
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