Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. Describe the setting and central characters in "Dagon." Who is the protagonist? What actions does he take in the story?
2. Discuss the theme of "forbidden knowledge" and the motif of nature in "Dagon." How does Lovecraft support the theme with imagery?
3. Describe the narrative style of "Polaris." What is the voice and tense of the narration? Who is the narrator of the story?
4. Compare and contrast the protagonists in "Dagon" and "Polaris." How are these characters similar? How do their actions relate?
5. Describe H.P. Lovecraft's "dream vision" narratives. What...
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