Defending Jacob Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

William Landay
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Essay Topic 1

Discuss the symbolism of the single fingerprint stamped on the young murder victim's sweatshirt and explain the purpose the author has in mind for its inclusion.

Essay Topic 2

What is the function of Laurie's character within the narrative and what goals does her character help the author to fulfill?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the author's use of a confessional tone in relating the narrative of Defending Jacob.

Essay Topic 4

In what ways does the author deliberately mislead the reader during particular parts of the novel Defending Jacob and for what purposes?

Essay Topic 5

Discuss the author's use of recurring dreams and visions throughout the novel and how this motif connects to the genres of the crime novel and the literary thriller.

Essay Topic 6

Discuss how the themes of truth and lies are interwoven within the novel’s narrative.

Essay Topic 7

Study carefully the way in which William...

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