Crimes of the Heart Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

If Henley's characters serve as archetypes for Southern people, is her assessment fair? Write an essay in which you defend or criticize her use of archetypes in the play.

Essay Topic 2

Consider Henley's motif of sweetness in the play. What message does the author emphasize through the "sweetness" of character actions, dialog, or foods? Use at least three specific examples to support your point.

Essay Topic 3

The three men who appear in the play have all been affected by the Magrath women. Two men have been injured, and one seems to have fallen in love with Babe. Write an essay in which you compare the ways the sisters have affected the men of the play, and describe the message the author emphasizes through these situations.

Essay Topic 4

Henley's characters are motivated by any number of factors--fear, pity, duty, love. Choose any character or characters whose motivations...

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