Motherless Brooklyn Aspects

  • The world and setting of the story.

The setting comes to life in the novel and is like a secondary character after Lionel. Knowing the world around Lionel explains to the reader what kind of environment Lionel is living in. It helps us imagine better where he is and how this affects him. It is something I may want to write about since the setting is very well described and focused on by the author.

  • The secondary characters.

Lionel’s relationship with the other Minna Men is important to the story. It helps explain reasons why he goes off on his own to try to solve the murder of Frank Minna.

  • Lionel Essrog: what’s the most interesting or compelling aspect of his character? Who would you choose to play him, and why?

One of the most compelling aspects of Lionel to me would be how observant he is and his thought process. He is very detailed in what he does or how he sees people and he doesn’t take what everyone tells him at face value. He is cautious about who he puts his trust in and I believe Edward Norton would be the best actor to play this character. Edward Norton has played a similar character before in the movie primal fear.

  • The major core conflict of the story and why or how this occurs. This should include the narrator’s inner conflict.
  • A few key scenes.
  • The dialogue.
  • The language. This can include Lionel’s narration, and most interestingly, his verbal tics.

Natacha Colimon


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