Lord Jim Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast how the character of Jim changes as the story progresses. Be sure to include your assessment of Jim's character when he is working as a water clerk, when he first meets Marlow, when he flees from the Patna, when he decides to relocate to Patusan, and when he confronts Doramin after Dain Waris' death. Use examples from the story to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The book is entitled, "Lord Jim". Why does the author choose this title? How does the title foreshadow the events that unfold in the story, the inner struggles of the main character, and the regard - or lack thereof - of the people surrounding Jim?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Jim and Cornelius.

a. How are the two characters similar? How are they different?

b. How is each character affected by their perceived self-worth - both positively and...

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