Essay Topic 1
How does the narrator's attempt to make sense of Odilo Unverdorben's life parallel our attempts to make sense of the Holocaust? Do we live the Holocaust backwards the way he does? Does his emotional experience of the Holocaust coincide with ours? Are we just as emotionally detached? Give examples from the book as well as from your studies of the Holocaust
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the characters of Odilo Unverdorben and the narrator. How are their experiences similar? How are their experiences different? Is one happier than the other, or is one a better person than the other?
Essay Topic 3
What would you have done if you were Odilo Unverdorben's age in Germany when the Nazis were coming to power? Given what you know about the progressively tighter restrictions on Jews' behavior, would you have followed along, or would you have kept yourself apart from...
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