Tinkers Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Paul Harding
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Essay Topic 1

Discuss the narrative perspectives employed in Tinkers. Is the main body of the story told from a first, second, or third-person narrator? How does the narrative shift in the novel? What indications does the author give for these changes in narrative style? Is the main narrator’s perspective limited or omniscient? How would the story differ if it were related with a different narrator?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the contemporary setting of Tinkers. What clues in the narrative indicate the time period in which George lay dying in the hospital bed in his living room? Where does George live with his wife? Where are his family members visiting from?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the character of George Washington Crosby in Tinkers. What is significant about George’s name? How old is George as he dies? Where did George grow up? What degree did George earn, and...

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