Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

To what purposes does Judith Ortiz Cofer use climate in her works?

Discuss the contrasting personalities of Marisol’s parents in The Line of the Sun. Does this contrast point to more than the differences between two people?

How do the people who live in El Building view the members of the Jewish population who lived in the neighborhood before the Puerto Ricans arrived?

What are the most salient generational differences present in Ortiz Cofer’s writing?

What are the most significant gender differences that you detect in her writing?

Discuss the role personal isolation plays in what you have read by Ortiz Cofer.

How does Ortiz Cofer use humor in her writing both to depict character and to control tension?

Discuss the attitudes toward education that she reveals in characters from different generations.