Death Be Not Proud
Study Questions and Suggested Essay Topics
What effect on the reader does Gunther's disclosure that Johnny died in the second paragraph of the memoir have?
Johnny is undoubtedly a fine human being, but when can his strengths be interpreted as failings?
Discuss Johnny's sense of humor, especially with regard to his illness.
Suggestion Essay Topics
Discuss the difference in Johnny's relationships between his father and his mother.
How does Johnny mature throughout Death Be Not Proud?
How does science and medicine fail Johnny, aside from the fact that he is not saved? (Consider the limited communication he and his parents have with his doctors.)
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