What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal Topics for Discussion

Zoe Heller
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Throughout the novel, Barbara reiterates how much she cares for Sheba and how the job of taking care of Sheba has fallen to her. How much of what Barbara does is out of genuine concern for Sheba? Use examples from the narrative.

At one point in the story, Sheba says that she feels like her own heartless biographer. Since Barbara is telling Sheba's story, use her descriptions to explain whether or not Barbara is heartless in her biography of Sheba.

Barbara says she wants to set the record straight for Sheba, yet the reader is bombarded with Barbara's perceptions and ideas. Is Barbara really writing the narrative for Sheba?

How much of what Barbara says can be trusted? Use examples from the work to back up your argument.

There are three different portrayals of Steven: the description given by Barbara, the description given by...

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