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Cara McDonald

1. We've discussed the mirror symbol in class, but what is to be made of the reflections Esther sees? At different times in the novel, for example, Esther sees herself as "a sick Indian" and a "smudgy-eyed Chinese woman". What is the purpose of these images? What does this say about Esther's identity?

2. Throughout the text, important events -- the execution of the Rosenbergs, the attempted rape by Marco, having Marco's blood smeared on her cheek -- are downplayed by Esther. What does this say about Esther? What does this say about the way she interacts with the world?