The Blue Afternoon: A Novel Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Pantaleon's obsession with his aircraft mirrors Carriscant's developing obsession with Delphine; both men become entirely irrational in their pursuits. Pantaleon seems to desire external validation by winning an award. Carriscant becomes caught up inadvertently in Pantaleon's obsession as the narrative develops.

1. Explain what is meant by the first sentence above and why or why not you agree with it. Use examples from your life and The Blue Afternoon to support your discussion.

2. Discuss the dichotomy of an apparently intelligent physician being unable to overcome his obsession with a married woman even to the point of an affair and making her pregnant. Use examples from your life and The Blue Afternoon to support your discussion.

3. Discuss the relationship between the strict social classes in the Philippines and Pantaleon's desire for external validation. Use examples from your life and The Blue Afternoon to support your discussion.

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