American Pastoral Discussion Questions

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At the heart of American Pastoral is the conflict created within the United States by the Vietnam War. Write an essay explaining how the United States got involved in the war, why the war created such opposition at home, and what the eventual outcome was. In what ways does the Vietnam War still affect the United States today?

Roth is sometimes accused of misogyny. What roles do the women play in American Pastoral? Are they presented sympathetically or with hostility? Examine the roles of Merry, Dawn, and Jessie Orcutt. Are they positive or negative figures? Does Merry have any redeeming qualities? Write an essay on the topic.

Form a group with three other students. Discuss why teenagers sometimes rebel against their parents. What values do you not share with those of your parents' generation? Make a class presentation that shows the issues underlying generational conflicts such...

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