Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

The title Everything is Illuminated, tells that all things come to light. In the story, many truths come to light and each have different effects. Are some truths better left unsaid or should truth always be sought out? Write a five paragraph essay discussing this concept. Reference the novel to support your assertions.

Essay Topic 2

In the beginning of the novel, Jonathan tells Alex not to change his mistakes because they make the story humorous. He says that it is "the only truthful way to tell a sad story" (53). Do you agree or disagree? Discuss the concept that being "humorous is the only truthful way to tell a sad story" (53). Use examples of how humor is used throughout the novel and explain how they lead to truth and how humor can help when telling a sad story.

Essay Topic 3

In "Letter Dated 23 September 1997," Alex ponders the...

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