Essay Topic 1
Many modern day readers analyze Cotton's character in the novel as a messianic one, particularly when considering the title, which reads like a prayer. In a short essay, analyze Cotton's character and actions to come to a conclusion whether or not you agree that Cotton should be considered messianic. Be sure to consider his death in the closing of the novel, as well as his initials: JC.
Essay Topic 2
In the opening of the novel, Cotton has a disturbing dream about the buffalo reserve where he and his fellow camp mates travel later in the novel. What are the important elements of Cotton's dreams? What message can be drawn from the imagery? In what way is Cotton's dream foreshadowing for the later events of the novel? Be sure to use examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 3
At the opening of the...
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