Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast Goolrick's parents at the height of their popularity with them at the end of their lives. How did they change, and why? What does this suggest about the role of alcohol in their decline? Do you think the changes in society also played a factor? Why or why not? How did their secret with Goolrick's molestation play a part in their decline?
Essay Topic 2
Explain, in detail, why the burned dress of Goolrick's mother made such an impact on him in "Burn." What did the dresses symbolize to Goolrick, and therefore, what did the damaged dress symbolize? Did Goolrick ever determine what was lost in his family? If so, what was it? If not, what do you think was missing in Goolrick's family?
Essay Topic 3
Describe, in detail, the life Goolrick had growing up. What was the environment like? What...
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