The Good Mother Topics for Discussion

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In The Good Mother, we see Anna Dunlap put on trial as a mother. Do you think Miller is asking the reader to form her own impression about the character, or perhaps to forgo judgment altogether?

The work is written from a first-person point of view. How does this entry into Anna's thoughts affect your understanding of the incidents described in the book? Are you sympathetic to Anna? Why or why not?

There are many explicit descriptions of sex throughout the novel. Do you think these are important for the work's narrative development? How do they add or detract from the work?

One of the themes in The Good Mother is that of the relationship between public and private life. At one point, Leo calls a social worker at an abortion clinic a "fascist of the spirit" because she intrudes into Anna's personal life...

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