The plot of Disgrace takes place in both the city and the country. Compare and contrast the way of life described in Salem and in Capetown.
Two key sexual violations occur in the novel, one to Melanie and the second to Lucy. Compare and contrast the two incidents, explaining how they are similar and different.
What significance does the title Disgrace bear in the novel?
How are Lucy and Lurie alike and how are they different?
Discuss the nature of Lurie and Lucy's relationship. How is theirs a typical father-daughter relationship? In what ways is it not?
Discuss Lurie's alienation in the novel.
What does the investigation into Melanie's complaint attempt to achieve? What does it actually achieve?
Explore the theme of animal rights throughout the book.
Explore the role of violence and oppression in the novel. Is there a clear line between the oppressors and the oppressed?
Discuss Coetzee's choice of narrative mode in Disgrace and the narrator's impact on the novel.