Essay Topic 1
Analyze the ways in which Yuan is like Wang the Tiger. How is this shown in his behavior towards others, especially women? How is this shown in the way he views tradition versus revolution? Cite at least three examples from the novel to support your case.
Essay Topic 2
How does Yuan's self-versus-self conflict influence his development as a character? How does this conflict affect his search for absolute freedom? Does Yuan find that absolute freedom is elusive? Cite examples from the text that support your argument.
Essay Topic 3
Yuan has a habit of judging people, places, and events by their outside experience.Citing specific examples from the novel, explain how this is true. Why is Yuan judgmental?
Essay Topic 4
Yuan feels shame many times in the novel. Citing three examples from the text to support your argument, what are some of the times that Yuan feels...
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