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Essay Topics

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Essay Topic 1

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 2

The story takes place as America is in the throes of World War II. Explain the significance of the war on America in general and in Ithaca in particular. What impact did the war have on the choices that the characters make? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Faith seems to be an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is faith among the characters? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the characters' lives? Who is most prominent with exhibitions of faith? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

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