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Essay Topics

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Essay Topic 1

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for the lives of Homer, Mr. Spangler, Mrs. Macauley, Ulysses and Bess. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, socialization, etc.

Essay Topic 2

What is your interpretation of the book's title, THE HUMAN COMEDY? Does Saroyan mean to imply that these characters are having a good time? Or is there a message he wants the reader to learn from reading about the characters? Or is it something else entirely? Support your answer with examples if possible.

Essay Topic 3

Explain Saroyan's use of character names and situations as mirrored from Homer's THE ODYSSEY. What character and location names can you identify that also appear in this work? What situations can be compared to events in THE ODYSSEY. Why would Saroyan choose to make these analogies in this work?

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