The novel's genre offers many points of discussion with both its autobiographical and mythological material.
1) What aspects of the book appear to be purely autobiographical regarding the author's life?
2) What reasons would the author have for using mythological facts within the book alongside her personal accounts, does this help fill in gaps in the text?
3) How is the inclusion of both autobiographical and mythological methods in the book able to create a more well rounded portrayal of the author's life journey?
Discuss the portrayal of Audre's coming of age in the book. What impact did Audre's near blindness at birth and relationship with her mother have on her sexual coming of age in the book, and why is this significant?
Compare and contrast Audre's reaction to sex with men versus women. What impact might Audre's being raped and molested several times has had on her views towards men...
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