Essay Topic 1
Discuss the author's life. In what way is his life and personality reflected in the book? What was his experience of starvation and poverty?
Essay Topic 2
Identify the main themes of the story. In what way are these themes relevant to the period? How does the author use character and setting to express these themes?
Essay Topic 3
Examine the author's writing style. How would you describe the author's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? What meaning does the author's style give to the story?
Essay Topic 4
Examine the book's chronological setting. What were the main social concerns of that period in Europe, and how do they relate to the narrator's experience? How would the story change if it were set today?
Essay Topic 5
How does the book reflect the naturalist style of 19th century literature? Was Knut Hamsun...
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