The Year of Magical Thinking Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Joan was troubled that everything had been so ordinary the night John died. Discuss what the ordinary had to do with sudden death or disaster. Give examples from the book to support your statements.

Essay Topic 2

Argue whether friends and family told the details of John's death or whether Joan told everyone. Use examples from the book to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

The way that Joan initially reacted to her husband's death was different from how she reacted in the weeks and months that followed. Compare how Joan initially reacted to her husband's death to how she reacted in the weeks and months that followed. Give examples and quotes from the book to support your statements.

Essay Topic 4

Compare and contrast why some people have difficulty authorizing autopsies and why Joan did not struggle with approving an autopsy. Give examples of Joan's experience from the...

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