Gargantua and Pantagruel Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the life and works of Francois Rabelais. What style was the author known for? What formats did he write in other than novels?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the character of Pantagruel and identify the characteristics which make him the protagonist of the novel. What qualities does Pantagruel exhibit?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the character of Panurge in the narrative. What role does Panurge play to Pantagruel's protagonist role? What qualities does the character exhibit?

Essay Topic 4

Describe the setting of "Pantagruel". During what time period does the story take place? How realistic are the locations and the people of the narrative?

Essay Topic 5

Define and identify literary and religious allusion in the narrative. What allusion does Rabelais make of Christianity in the reading? How does Pantagruel's story reflect that of Aeneas in "The Aeneid"?

Essay Topic 6

Discuss astrology and astronomy in the sixteenth century and...

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