The Human Comedy Topics for Discussion

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Why do you think the author refer so often in narration to Homer as "the messenger", rather than by his name or by another term?

What do you think is the significance of the old man's story of the rabbits in chapter nine?

What do you think is meant by the author making the immigrant Mr. Ara the more compassionate and wise of the two shopkeepers, with Mr. Covington oriented more toward money and prestige?

What do you think are the metaphoric implications of the title of chapter twenty-two, "Let There be Light"? In other words, what "light" do you think comes into existence in this chapter?

Given that throughout the narrative, eggs have represented both new life and hope, what do you think the author means when in chapter thirty-eight, just as the Macauleys are about to get the news of Marcus's death...

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