Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. What are the characteristics of the traditional tragic hero? What characteristics does Lear embody that make him the tragic hero of the play?
2. What is the primary motif in Lear? What is the definition of the term "motif"? How does Bond employ this motif as a means to further illustrate his theme?
3. What is the primary theme of Lear? How is this theme expressed through the characters and the actions of the play?
4. Describe how Edward Bond's childhood and world events influenced his writing and particularly that of Lear. How does...
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