Berlin Noir Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Philip Kerr
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Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Bernhard Gunther. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him at this point in his life?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of honor and courage in Berlin Noir. Which characters, if any, seem honorable and courageous and in what way? Do the circumstances of war change the definition of what honor and courage is? Describe.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one iteration on the motif of life-death-life. Identify at least two motifs about life-death-life in the book. Then cite an example to support each answer.

Essay Topic 4

Detective fiction is a popular genre for its archetypal characters such as the hard-boiled detective, the dangerously alluring femme fatale, and the well-heeled villain surrounded by gun-toting thugs. Which of these characters...

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