Essay Topic 1
Evaluate Bardamu's relationship to women throughout the novel (and particularly his romantic involvements). How does he treat women? Why do his relationships always end disastrously?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the symbolism of the Asylum in the novel, both the asylum that Bardamu finds himself incarcerated in and the one that he ends up overseeing.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the role and symbolism of carnivals in the novel. What role does the carnival play, structurally, to mark transitions of setting or changes in people's behavior?
Essay Topic 4
Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Bardamu's character.
Essay Topic 5
Discuss the role of escapism and fantasy in the novel. How does it inform Bardamu and others' actions?
Essay Topic 6
Is Bardamu's low evaluation of human nature justified? Do people behave differently under some conditions than others?
Essay Topic 7
What does the setting of the jungle represent, both metaphorically and physically, for...
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