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I am writing a research paper on Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Does anyone have...

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ramirezl | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 20, 2008 at 12:58 PM via web

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I am writing a research paper on Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Does anyone have any ideas for a research paper topic? 

<p>This paper is for my senior lit. course and needs to be about 8-10 pages long. </p><p>Please only respond if you have read the book or are familar with the work. Thanks. </p>

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 26, 2012 at 3:45 PM (Answer #2)

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This is a book about exile. Though this concept is subtlely rendered, exile is central to the meaning of the novel. You might research Biblical stories of exile and explore the resonance between those episodes and the novel. 

Another topic explored in the book is the idea of how religion functions within and, in part, defines communities in America in the mid-20th century. There are many scholarly works on this subject, I believe, and the results of might be very instructive regarding Robinson's novel.

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