Essay Topic 1
All the characters and many of the circumstances of this play are matters of historical record.
Part 1) Describe these characters. Why might the author use real people?
Part 2) What circumstances might be real? How do you know this?
Part 3) What is the author's purpose for putting real characters into both real and fictional circumstances?
Essay Topic 2
At the core of the various conflicts is the issue of who loves whom and how much.
Part 1) Give two examples of this from the play. How do these examples reveal the personalities and opinions of the characters involved?
Part 2) How does this issue affect the relationships of the characters?
Part 3) Why are some characters loved more than others?
Essay Topic 3
Eleanor and Henry have different perspectives on love.
Part 1) What is each character's perspective on love? Compare these two views.
Part 2) How does this affect their relationships with others...
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