Essay Topic 1
Describe and analyze the setting of Jack Maggs. What year is established in Chapter 1? How does the author describe London at this time? Where in London does Jack Maggs first appear? Why?
Essay Topic 2
Analyze the character of Jack Maggs as the protagonist of the novel. How is the appearance of Jack Maggs described by the author? How is his demeanor illustrated through his actions? Does the narrator of the story have an omniscient perspective? How does this allow the reader to know more about Jack Maggs?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the setting of Mr. Percy Buckle’s estate. How large is Mr. Buckle’s household? How many servants does the master keep? How does Jack fit in with this group of characters? What are his perceptions of them?
Essay Topic 4
Discuss the history of Franz Mesmer, mesmerism, Animal Magnetism, and Charles Dickens’s associations with mesmerism...
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