The Tie That Binds: A Novel Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Kent Haruf
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Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationship between Edith and John. What did they feel for one another? Why were they unable to get married? How did this affect Edith? How did this affect John?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the motif of escape that is found throughout the novel "The Tie That Binds." Why did the protagonist wish to escape, and from what? Why did she feel that she was unable to do so? What was Lyman escaping from when he left the farm? Why did he end up returning to the farm?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the relationship between Edith and her father, Roy; what conflicts did they face in their relationship? How did Roy treat Edith and how did she react to his behavior towards her?

Essay Topic 4

Discuss the protagonist of the novel. What is a protagonist? Who is the protagonist of "The Tie That Binds"? What are her...

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