Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

In The Painted Bird, what symbolism exists in the bird?

How does the metaphor of flying function in Jerzy Kosinski’s fiction generally?

How does the novel Steps reflect the uncertainties brought about by Kosinski’s participation in both communist and free societies?

How does the theme of language function in Being There?

What advice concerning television watching does Kosinski incorporate in Being There?

What, according to Kosinski, is the value of nonconformity, and what are its practicable limits?