Dorothy Parker Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How does Dorothy Parker create the sardonic humor and wit in her works?

What is the role of the repetition of lines, images, and events in Parker’s works?

To what extent do social forces oppress or victimize the speaker or female protagonist? To what extent do these speakers or protagonists set themselves up for destruction or make themselves victims?

How do the end stanzas, lines, or scenes demonstrate a reversal of what came before?

How does the tone of voice change or shift in Parker’s poetry and fiction?

What are Parker’s attitudes toward romantic love in her poems and stories?