1. Throughout the novel, Elaine insists that other people’s interpretations of her paintings don’t actually reflect their meanings. Do you agree with her, and why might Elaine not see those interpretations in her own art?

2. In Chapter 72, Elaine describes herself and Cordelia as being like “the twins in old fables.” How are Elaine and Cordelia like twins?

3. How do the photographs and illustrations Elaine encounters shape her understanding of the world?

4. Why does Elaine readily forgive the men in her life but not the women?

5. What role does class play in Cat’s Eye?

6. How do Elaine’s concepts of mercy and justice change throughout the novel?

7. How does Elaine’s family shape her understanding of the world?