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Double Indemnity Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Topics for Discussion

Compare and contrast Walter's relationship with Phyllis Nirdlinger with his relationship with Lola. How does each relationship lead to a decision on Walter's part that profoundly affects the plot?

Analyze the character of Lola. In what ways is she innocent, napve, and dependent on a male? Cite instances in which she exhibits boldness, independence, and determination. Be sure to show how her character changes and matures as a result of the events in her life.

Much of the novel is told in the form of Walter's ongoing inner monologue. Citing examples from Walter's narrative, but not his dialogue, explore the various facets of his character, making particular reference to his salient character traits: his attitude of superiority, his view of women, his heartlessness, his cunning, his self-critical tendency, his greed, and his ultimate selflessness at the climax of the story.

An author can render his characters sympathetic...

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