So narrowing down the paper topic has been rather difficult. Right now there are two topics I'm torn between. Both topics refer to The Windup Girl.
First is the role of the anti-hero. There seems to be a lack of heroes as most characters primarily look out only (or mostly) for themselves.
The second topic relates to the setting. I'm curious about the post-apocalyptic nature of The Windup Girl, and maybe how it relates to other similar stories. For example, a comparison of the survivalist nature of characters in The Windup Girl to the father and son in Cormac McCarthy's The Road, or the attempt at maintaining government and society compared to other post-apolalyptic stories such as The Children of Men.
I'll go over these in more detail in class.