Essay Topic 1
Describe the influence Ed's family had on him. When Ed claimed he had no positive feelings about his father, how did this influence him? How was Ed influenced by his brother's existence? What type of family dynamic did Ed seem to have in his home, and why is this significant?
Essay Topic 2
Describe Ed's perception of his mother. Where did this perception come from? Is it an accurate one? How did this perception affect him later on in his life?
Essay Topic 3
Why did Ed murder people and dig graves? What influenced him to commit such crimes? Is he the only one to blame?
Essay Topic 4
Do you think Ed was insane? Refer to specific portions of the text to support your opinion.
Essay Topic 5
Describe the town of Plainfield's reaction to Ed's crimes. How did the people in the town react? Was the fear that...
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