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Suggested Essay Topics

Writing Help Suggested Essay Topics

Compare and contrast Ifemelu and Obinze’s struggles in finding work. What factors account for their different experiences?

Throughout the novel Ifemelu and Obinze attend several distinctly uncomfortable parties. What makes these parties awkward and why?

Obinze observes that the writers of the fearmongering articles about immigrants must find comfort in their denial of history. What other characters in the novel rely on their denials of history, and how do these denials help or hurt them?

Ifemelu decides to return to Nigeria because she feels that she has “cement in her soul.” What is weighing her down?

What role does mental health and depression play in the novel? Is depression really an “American disease”?