27 pages 54 minutes read

Andre Dubus II

The Fat Girl

Fiction | Short Story | Adult | Published in 1977

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Essay Topics


What role does Louise’s mother play in the development of Louise’s body image issues and problematic eating behaviors? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.


What factors besides Louise’s mother contribute to the development of her body image issues, secrecy, and troubled relationship with food and eating? Use evidence from the text to support your position.


Throughout the text, Louise’s relationship with food (especially candy bars) is compared to pornography, sex, and infidelity. What is the significance of this, and how does this add to your understanding of Louise? Use examples and evidence from the text to craft your answer.