Disgrace Essay Questions

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    What significance does the title Disgrace bear in the novel?

  4. 4

    How are Lucy and Lurie alike and how are they different?

  5. 5

    Discuss the nature of Lurie and Lucy's relationship. How is theirs a typical father-daughter relationship? In what ways is it not?

  6. 6

    Discuss Lurie's alienation in the novel.

  7. 7

    What does the investigation into Melanie's complaint attempt to achieve? What does it actually achieve?

  8. 8

    Explore the theme of animal rights throughout the book.

  9. 9

    Explore the role of violence and oppression in the novel. Is there a clear line between the oppressors and the oppressed?

  10. 10

    Discuss Coetzee's choice of narrative mode in Disgrace and the narrator's impact on the novel.