Analyze either the sea, ships, or storms as a motif in this novel. What does this symbolize?
Explore the theme of family in "The Sea".
Evaluate the author's use of foreshadowing in this novel. Is it effective to reveal tiny clues through the narrator's stories that later become clear? Is the foreshadowing too subtle to be effective?
Analyze the effect of keeping it a secret until the end that Miss Vavasour is actually Rose. How does this affect the development of Miss Vavasour's character?
What is the author's commentary on childhood?
How does the author relate the physical deaths of Chloe and Anna to the spiritual deaths of the Colonel, the narrator, and even Miss Vavasour in "The Sea"?
Evaluate the reliability of this narrator. Why is narrator reliability important?
Compare and contrast at least two of the vacation locations in this novel. What is significant about each...
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