Essay Topic 1
Within the memoir, the manipulation of language in order to shift people's perspectives is a common theme, such as the North Korean regime's use of the phrase The Arduous March as a euphemism for the deadly famine sweeping the country. Discuss the theme of language manipulation throughout the memoir and relate it to manipulation of language within modern politics.
Essay Topic 2
Oftentimes in Western culture, volunteerism is looked at in terms of only helping those in need, but the memoir seems to put forth the proposition that service to others can also be a means to the provider's own personal happiness. Find examples within the memoir that would prove this conclusion regarding the author's message about service to others and discuss the message's overall effect on the reader.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the significance of the memoir's title and of the repeated references to it throughout the...
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