Southwest Book Club Discussion Questions - Everyman by Philip Roth
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Discussion Questions: Everyman
1. What is the relevance of the title to the story that is told in the novel?
2. What do you learn about the man being buried from the opening scene at the cemetery? What would the book be like if this scene came, as it might if the story were told chronologically, at the end rather than the beginning?
3. Why does he refuse the consolations of religion despite his sharing in the universal terror of death?
4. Why does he take up painting, and why does he abandon it? Why does he begin teaching painting classes to his fellow retirees, and why does he stop teaching?
5. What is his relationship with the dead? a. With his dead parents b. With Millicent Kramer c. With those of his family who are long dead.
6. Some readers have said they wept when they finished reading the book. Did you weep? If so, why? If not, how do you understand the response of those who did?
(Questions were either obtained or adapted from www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com)