Proof Topics for Discussion

David Auburn
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Does the playwright fully resolve the question of the proof's authorship? Explain the arguments for and against Catherine's claim while defending your own position.

Both Claire and Hal underestimate Catherine's abilities. Did you notice any qualities in Catherine that might have caused her to be underestimated, or do you think she is a victim of prejudice? Discuss both points of view and summarize with your own conclusion.

Is Claire's behavior toward her sister a reaction to Catherine's behavior, or to Claire's own fear about inheriting mental illness? Explain your position.

The author writes two parallel scenes in which first Robert, then Catherine, sit outside in the cold without jackets. Compare the two scenes and discuss the how they relate to the comparison which the author draws between Robert and his daughter, Catherine.

Describe the positive impact Claire's ministrations have on Catherine.

The play ends on a positive...

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