Essay Topic 1
Examine the first person point of view.
1. In what way could you describe the narration as unreliable?
2. What do you think the other characters say about Lou when he is not there?
3. How would the story change if it was told in the third person?
Essay Topic 2
How does Lou try to cover his tracks after each killing? What mistakes does he make? How much does it help that he is a policeman himself?
Essay Topic 3
How difficult has it been for Lou to curb his natural intelligence? How much of this repression is responsible for what happens?
Essay Topic 4
How does Lou fool people into thinking he is a good guy? Why is he able to play this role so convincingly?
Essay Topic 5
In what does Lou suggest his upbringing is partly responsible for his sickness? What evidence is the book that this may just...
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