Essay Topic 1
Describe the importance of the sea in Oscar's life. Why does he fear it as a boy? In what ways does he take steps to overcome his fear? How does his fear come true?
Essay Topic 2
How did Oscar's rebellion of his father's religious beliefs change the direction of his life? Does Theophilus' influence carry over into the various stages of Oscar's life? Provide textual examples to explain your points.
Essay Topic 3
Consider the theme of addiction in this novel. In what ways do Theophilus, Oscar, Lucinda, and Wardley-Fish reveal their addictions? How do these addictions play an important role in their lives?
Essay Topic 4
Discuss the character of Ian Wardley-Fish. What role does he play in the novel? How has he influenced Oscar in both positive and negative ways?
Essay Topic 5
How does Lucinda's unconventional upbringing influence Lucinda's behavior? In what ways does she carry...
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