The Power of One

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Suggested Essay Topics

Writing Help Suggested Essay Topics

What importance does the division of the novel into three books carry?

How do different methods of storytelling--legend, fairy tale, History, sports commentary--operate in the novel? Does the author subscribe to one of these methods in particular, or do they play off each other? What effect does this create?

Is Peekay, as a white boy, a problematic hero for this novel since it is so firmly entrenched in apartheid South Africa? How would the novel's impact differ if the hero were a black boy? Justify your answer.

How does the boxing plot compare or contrast with the war/fighting theme in the novel?

Does Peekay or Morrie undergo more of a catharsis in the course of the novel? Explain your answer.