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The Virgin Suicides Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Topics for Discussion

Discuss the point of view. How "unusual" is it, compared to the subjective first person and the objective third person? Why is it difficult to identify who's talking? Who are the narrators talking to?

Identify the signs that foreshadow the progressive and inevitable decay of the environment that the narrators are constantly pointing to. What is the meaning of the order of appearance of the signs of decay?

Compare the roles in traditional family structures to those described in the novel. Identify the different family structures in the novel. What role does the family play in the handling of a crisis such as suicide? Do you think perception of the family as a cell changed since the early days of the 1970s?

Discuss the role of the school in the story. What influence, if any, does the school has on the life of the teenagers? How effective...

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