Essay Topic 1
Describe the overall setting for the story. Why does Bainbridge use the settings she 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 2
Explain the role of the poor workers in the mid-1970s when the men in the story are living their adult lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they enjoy that 21st century men do not?
Essay Topic 3
A feeling of impending doom seems to be an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the dread? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the characters' lives? How does the author create and maintain the feeling of dread? How can an animate object or characteristic be a character?
Essay Topic 4
There is much symbolism in...
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