Essay Topic 1
In “The Geranium”, Old Dudley longs for his friend, Rabie, back in his southern hometown. What is ironic about his longing for home? Why does it bother Old Dudley that the African-American neighbor calls him Old Timer? How are his feelings for the neighbor and his feelings for Rabie contradictory?
Essay Topic 2
In the beginning of the story “The Barber”, Rayber is reminiscing about his last shave. He tries to think of a rebuttal to all that the barber said. What are Rayber’s beliefs? What are the barber’s beliefs? Why does Rayber feel a need to convince the barber? Why does Rayber feel bad that he doesn’t stand up for his beliefs? Who’s listening into their conversation?
Essay Topic 3
Old Gabriel in “The Wildcat” is said to be one of O’Connor’s most universal characters, what critics dub an “everyman”. Why...
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