"What If" - Exploring the Circumstances
The central circumstance which affects all characters in The Leftovers is the Sudden Departure, in which 87 residents of Mapleton and millions across the world simply vanished. Consider the circumstances of your own town if this event occurred today. How would a Sudden Departure affect matters like the economy, military, etc.? Develop a paper or project detailing your conclusions.
Cults and Religion
Cults and religion are employed as motifs throughout The Leftovers, from the seemingly innocent Barefoot People to the more dangerous groups like the Guilty Remnant and the Healing Hug Movement. Conduct research and develop a presentation that examines cults and religions in the United States in the past 100 years. How did these cults influence their members and society?
Look in your local newspaper or archives for an article that involves some aspect of the novel and bring it to...
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