Essay Topic 1
Point of view is an important element of style as this story as told through Stephen's journal. Choose three events in the story that would be dramatically altered if the story was told from a different point of view. Give specific examples that support your assertions. Why do you think the author chose to tell the story through the point of view that she did?
Essay Topic 2
Blame and shame are recurring themes in the novel, although they sometimes are related to honor and loyalty. Choose one of these four themes (blame, shame, honor, or loyalty) that you think most shapes the tone of the story.
1) Give at least three examples to support your statement.
2) Explain if or how that theme is related to the other three listed above.
Essay Topic 3
Marriage and fidelity are on Stephen's mind after the revelation of his father's affair. However...
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