Essay Topic 1
Explore the theme of decline as it is developed throughout the novel.
Essay Topic 2
Follow the history of the Buddenbrook family. What are the major turning points? What are their conflicts? What does this family reveal about their society and times?
Essay Topic 3
What commentary does the author provide about social class divides? Consider the marriages that take place in this novel that cross social class lines.
Essay Topic 4
Analyze the significance of the author's use of actual historical events in this novel.
Essay Topic 5
How does the author use colors in this novel? What do they symbolize? How do they serve as a motif?
Essay Topic 6
How is "Buddenbrooks" a message on excess?
Essay Topic 7
Compare and contrast two conflicts suffered by the Buddenbrook family in this novel. Consider the root of the conflict, how it is treated and the end result.
Essay Topic 8
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