The Accidental Tourist

by Anne Tyler

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Define the term "dysfunctional family" and research the causes and effects of different kinds of dysfunction. Can the families in the novel be considered dysfunctional? If so, how?

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Compare the movie version of The Accidental Tourist to the novel. How do the characters compare to the way you imagined them after reading the book?

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Investigate the psychological effects of losing a loved one and compare your findings to Macon's and Sarah's behavior.

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Many critics find southern elements in Tyler's works. Investigate the qualities of a "southern writer" and determine whether or not you find those qualities in the novel.

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