The Devil All the Time Topics for Discussion

Donald Ray Pollock
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Note and summarize the occurrences of coarse and abusive sexuality throughout the narrative. What does the frequent use of this motif suggest about the author's intent? Contrast this aspect of the book with what appears to be its primary theme relating to the necessity and value of redemption. How does the one affect the other?

Discuss the metaphoric implications of the various motifs/images of crucifixion and suffering. Consider the implications of such suffering in Christian philosophy and teaching. How does the meaning of the image in that context interact with the various images of crucifixion and their meanings in the context of this narrative?

Discuss whether Arvin's murderous actions throughout the narrative and his acts of violence could be considered a form of raw, appropriate justice.

Chapters 38 and 39 both end with ominous references to hitchhiking, which foreshadow future encounters with the murderous Carl...

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