Suttree Topics for Discussion

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Discuss the reasons that Cornelius Suttree has in choosing the life of a vagrant. How is this life serving him?

In what ways is Suttree different from his McAnally Flats friends? What are the reasons he fits in with them socially?

Discuss all the variations of prejudice alluded to in this story. Why are they ironic?

Does reading Suttree open up a different perspective on those who live on the margins of society? In what ways?

Discuss why Suttree's dreams, hallucinations and nightmares are so heavily laced with sexual references. Is he simply a pervert, or are there other factors involved?

Why was the Tennessee River allowed to become so horribly polluted during the forties and fifties? Has it changed? Why?

Is Suttree a sexual opportunist? Discuss his relationship with the young Wanda and compare it to his relationship with Joyce, the prostitute.

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