Recoil Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

James Thompson
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Thompson's novels always allow for an analysis of the evil common to human nature. Throughout his prose, he offers up for scrutiny, at one time or another, all of the seven deadly evils.

Recoil is no exception, proving an interesting study of greed and corruption.

Because public institutions, such as the penal system, education and politics fall under inspection, most readers will identify with the problems Thompson attempts to showcase. Readers will gain insight into Recoil by comparing this first person narration to one of Thompson's other first person narratives featuring a psychopath, such as the narrator of Pop. 1280 (1964).

1. Discuss the various types of "prisons" featured in Recoil. Why is this a particularly appropriate metaphor for this book?

2. Critics have commented on the fact that Cosgrove's motivations are honest. How might you characterize the motivations of Doc? Lila? Hardesty? Myrtle?

3. Describe the stereotypical hero and heroine of a...

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