Ragtime Topics for Discussion

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Topic 1

Many of the main characters are allegorical; in what ways do they enhance the story? Detract from it? What ideas or social movements might they represent and why?

Topic 2

Many secondary characters were real live people. Why did the author include these historical characters? What purpose do they serve in the narrative?

Topic 3

What role does truth, and specifically historical truth play in the novel? Why may more than one version of historical truth exist? Is one more right than the other? How do characters like Father, Coalhouse Walker, J.P. Morgan, Emma Goldman, Mother, and Mother’s Younger Brother understand truth and react to new truths as they come into and influence their lives?

Topic 4

No single characters the main character of the novel. Rather, multiple characters stories are featured and woven together. What effect does this have on your understanding of the story? Why...

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