Describe the role of fathers and mothers in the novel. How do they help or undermine the healing of the patients?
How is Owen portrayed in the novel? In what ways is he like and unlike Sassoon?
Is Prior's relationship with Sarah romantic? Can it be described as love? How does the war affect it?
Which characters change throughout the course of the novel, and which remain static? What are the larger implications for this personal growth or stagnation?
Compare Rivers to Yealland. Are either or both doing their "duty"?