The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Topics for Discussion

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Discuss the symbolism of the Cloud Factory, as it relates to Art's experience, as well as Cleveland's.

Why does Art Bechstein cry almost every time he is with his father? Why does he stop?

Discuss Phlox's character. Is she a genuine person?

Discuss Cleveland's self-destructive attitude and his goals in life. Why is he like this?

Eating food together is something that takes place in the story many times. What significance does this have in terms of the relationships of the friends?

Why did Art Bechstein go most of his life without speaking of his mother?

What role do mothers play in the lives of other characters, besides Art's?

Discuss the changes, if any, in Art Bechstein, and how they came about.

Why does Art agree to help Cleveland with his botched burglary?

Who ends up being the most complex character in the story...

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