Foundation and Earth Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

The conflict between the individual and society is a central theme of Foundation and Earth. Discuss how the cultures of different planets in the novel deal with this conflict, including Gaia, Solaria, Comporellon, and New Earth.

1) Is it possible to find a healthy, peaceful balance between the rights of the individual and the rights of society?

2) What is lost in the social models of the book as the cultures attempt to resolve the conflict between individuals and society?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of women and sexuality in the novel.

1) Compare the two sexual encounters Trevize has with the female representatives of societies he visits. Does Trevize use his sexuality to manipulate one or both of these women? Do the women use sexuality to manipulate him?

2) How are sexual mores different in the different cultures in the novel? How does this affect the role of women...

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