Essay Topic 1
Describe the major settings for the novel. Why does Woolf use the settings she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?
Essay Topic 2
Explain the perception of homosexuality in early 20th century England. Compare and contrast homosexuality in England during this time to homosexuality in England today. What major changes have occurred--both positive and negative?
Essay Topic 3
Explain the significance of the novel's simple title -- "Mrs. Dalloway". Why did Woolf choose this title? Is there an understood message in the title? Is there another title you can suggest that might be more appropriate?
Essay Topic 4
Create a character study of Clarissa. What are her physical characteristics? What are her motivations? What are her fears? What are her dreams? What else can you say about Clarissa?
Essay Topic 5
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