The Belle of Amherst Topics for Discussion

William Luce
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In his introduction, William Luce says that he believed Emily Dickinson consciously elected to be a recluse who was alone but not lonely. Does the character in the play really live up to Luce's understanding, or is Emily mentally unstable? Give examples from the play to back up the argument.

How reliable is Emily as a narrator? Does her own admissions of play-acting make her more or less believable in the stories she tells?

The play depicts two characters. There is the Emily Dickinson of history, and there is the Emily Dickinson as a character in the play. Discuss whether this play should be considered a biography, or a work of fiction. Use examples from the play to back up the discussion.

Even though she never speaks, is Lavinia a more reliable witness than Emily?

Emily Dickinson's poems appear throughout the play. Using examples...

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