Paul Zindel Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How do Paul Zindel’s young adult novels differ from those by other writers in this genre?

Explain how Zindel’s works question traditional values.

Compare Zindel’s treatment of loneliness in his plays and his fiction.

How does Zindel use science as a metaphor?

Discuss the treatment of child abuse in Zindel’s works.

Discuss the influence of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (1951) on Zindel’s fiction.

Is the bizarre behavior of Zindel’s adult characters realistic, exaggerated for artistic purposes, or a weakness in his art?

How is The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds the seed for most of Zindel’s later works?