Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the characters of Dorothea and Celia Brooke. What are their main qualities? How does each fit into the role of a Victorian woman? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the various relationships presented in the novel. What reasons did each couple have for their respective unions? Did the reasons for these marriages appear to affect their outcomes (for example, were marriages based on love longer lasting or more satisfying than relationships based on mutual gain)? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast the characters of Dorothea and Lydgate and their charity work. How does their altruism manifest itself? What is each character's motivation to do good deeds? How is each character rewarded for his or her...
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