Assignment: Focus on a critical issue related to the novel, research the issue, and write a 12-15 page essay voicing your opinion in the critical conversation. Narrow down your argument to a thesis. To prove your argument/thesis, you will need to use support from the novel itself and from your secondary sources.
Olive Kitteridge explores the dark realities we are afraid to face, secrets we are afraid to share, and fundamentally the unknown - the inside of a house (family matters), the future, the reasonings behind the "acts", the human conditions and interactions, the "changes" over time and the suddenness of life. When Henry and Olive were captivated by drug seekers in a local hospital, with thoughts of death been near, they shared with each their secret opinions of their son's leaving. Later having survived, Henry assured those tirades originated from fear,though Olive know their relationship has been changed. Human life is so fragile, so delicate; our souls, our hearts is just like a finely polished glasses - crystal when handled with care - though one day it's destined to shattered.