Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How do Robert Cormier’s adult novels differ thematically or stylistically from his young adult fiction?

What effect does setting have on the themes of Cormier’s fiction?

Compare the way Cormier presents his characters to the methods used by one or more other young adult writers.

Compare the ways Cormier presents institutions in two of his novels.

Cormier’s novels have frequently been the targets of censorship. What qualities in his fiction attract such controversy?

Does Cormier’s view of conformity vary from novel to novel?

Why is it necessary for The Chocolate War to be told from several points of view?

Why is Adam’s fate left unresolved at the end of I Am the Cheese?