Eight Million Ways to Die Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

This Study Guide consists of approximately 10 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Eight Million Ways to Die.
This section contains 568 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Eight Million Ways to Die Short Guide

A good place to begin discussion may be the relationship of Eight Million Ways to Die to other hard-boiled detective novels.

Is it unique in any way? Does it rehash old territory? Is its appeal primarily to fans of hard-boiled detective fiction, or does it reach for a wider audience? From these questions a discussion can move on to how individualized the characters are and whether the novel features valid social criticism or is merely borrowing cliches from the hard-boiled detective subgenre for its background.

If group members are of a philosophical turn of mind, then focusing on Scudder's unhappy personal life and the harsh, cruel world of crime in which he works could generate a good discussion. It can be hard to tell the good from the bad in Eight Million Ways to Die because pimps and prostitutes, traditionally untrustworthy people, may be more humane than the...

(read more)

This section contains 568 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Eight Million Ways to Die Short Guide
Copyrights
Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Eight Million Ways to Die from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook