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Consider and comment on the weddings that begin and end the novel. What are their metaphoric/symbolic implications? Relate your discussions, in part, to the novel's contemplations of violence ... of authority ... connection ... etc.

Consider the character of Bill Gray in the context of contemporary celebrity culture. Discuss whether his pursuit of renown can be considered a commentary on the perils of pursuing public acclaim. Explain your answer.

What do you think is the metaphoric value of Bill's having changed his name? What does his doing so suggest about how he perceives himself, his identity, and his relationship with the world?

In what ways does the quote from p. 145 apply to the lives and experiences of the book's major characters - Bill, Scott, Karen and Brita?

What do you think is the reason why the author chose to narrative the experience of the prisoner from...

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