The Sympathizer Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the narrative and language styles of The Sympathizer. What is the framing device that is used to set up the story? From whose point of view is the story related? How would the novel differ if told from a different narrative style?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the friendship between Bon, Man, and the narrator. When did they meet? What event brought them close together? For how long have they been friends? How has their friendship evolved?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the narrator's relationship with the General. For how long has he worked for the General? What kind of relationship do they have? How does the narrator feel about Madame?

Essay Topic 4

Discuss the theme of duality in The Sympathizer. How does the author establish this theme in the first lines of the novel? How does the theme of duality evolve throughout the story? What symbolism...

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