Study Questions and Essay Topics
Discuss Miss Lonelyhearts's frustrations as a writer.
What is the role of the speakeasy in Miss Lonelyhearts's life?
Sex figures prominently in Miss Lonelyhearts, especially as a weapon. Discuss.
Suggested Essay Topics
Discuss the significance of stones and rocks in Miss Lonelyhearts.
How do Miss Lonelyhearts's preoccupations with order coincide with his views on religion? Note Betty's status as a symbol of order to him.
How does Miss Lonelyhearts react to grotesques? Consider especially when he meets grotesques or the innocent face-to-face.
Does West romanticize the country? Or does he critique the underside of the pastoral world?
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