121 pages 4 hours read

Louise Erdrich

The Night Watchman

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2020

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Essay Topics

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Pick one character and analyze their growth throughout this novel. How do they interact with the themes of survival, connection to the land, the trauma of boarding schools, and/or the unique experience of Indigenous women?

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What role do the two Mormon missionaries play, and how do they connect to the novel’s portrayal of religion?

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Consider the theme of the lasting trauma of Indigenous American board schools as it appears in this novel. How does it affect Thomas, LaBatte, Roderick, and Pogo?

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