Absalom, Absalom! Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Pick one female character in the novel and describe her role in the text, how she is characterized, and what that role and characterization reveal about the novel's attitude toward women.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the different narrative techniques used in the novel and what their effects are on reader interpretation. How much of the novel is factual and how much is speculation?

Essay Topic 3

How can the fall of the Sutpen family be compared to the fall of the South? What is the relationship between the two declines?

Essay Topic 4

The novel closes with Quentin insisting that he does not hate the South. Does he? Why or why not? Support your answer with evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 5

Jason Compson is one of the primary tellers of the Sutpen story. What is Jason Compson's role in this novel, in reader interpretation of the novel, and...

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