Essay Topic 1
Discuss the work of the author, Elizabeth Gaskell, and determine how this novel compares to her other works.
Essay Topic 2
The central theme of the novel, "Mary Barton" is the social differences between the rich and the poor. How are they treated in society? What struggles must each class face? Are they at all similar? How do they view one another?
Essay Topic 3
A number of the working class characters of the novel "Mary Barton" strive to raise their social status. Discuss who does this and how they go about doing so.
Essay Topic 4
Discuss the setting of the novel. How does the setting affect the narrative? How would the story have been different if it were set in a different time? Place?
Essay Topic 5
Who is the antagonist of the story? Why? Give examples from the text to illustrate your points.
Essay Topic 6
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