The Leftovers Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Tom Perrotta
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Essay Topic 1

Discuss the narrative style of The Leftovers. From whose perspective is the story related? Is the narrator’s perspective omniscient or limited? Why do you think the author employs this narrative style? How would the story differ if it were related from a different perspective?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the character of Laurie Garvey in The Leftovers. What organization has Laurie become indoctrinated in? Why did Laurie leave her family? Do you think she regrets her actions? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the character of Kevin Garvey in the novel. How does Kevin stand apart from the other main characters in the story? How do Kevin’s experiences in the novel change him? What relationships does Kevin form?

Essay Topic 4

What are Reverend Matt Jamison’s actions, objectives, and obstacles in The Leftovers? Why did Reverend Jamison leave his church? What are the...

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