Essay Topic 1
At the beginning of the book, Brent's self-worth is based on material things.
1) Provide details about Brent's behavior that support the above statement.
2) Discuss aspects of Brent's family life which could have precipitated his false value system.
Essay Topic 2
1) Discuss in detail at least three instances where Brent blames others for his own mistakes.
2) Explore how Brent could have saved himself a lot of unnecessary pain by taking ownership of his actions in each of the three incidents.
Essay Topic 3
In Chapter 2, the author makes an abrupt transition from Brent's suicide attempt to two young girls' whirligig adventure. Why does the author choose such a transition? Does it add more depth to the story line? Compare the author's transition with a more predictable plot that would continue with the aftermath of Brent's probable tragedy.
Essay Topic 4
Discuss the symbolism of the whirligig...
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