Essay Topic 1
Examine bullfighting. How important is bullfighting to Spanish culture? Why does the author start the novel in the midst of the bullfighting festival?
Essay Topic 2
What does the book suggest about how Spanish society dealt with Jewish people in the 17th century? Why does the theme of anti-semitism still have a powerful impact in 2006?
Essay Topic 3
In what way was Spain in decline during the time book's setting? How does the author express this decline? What effect does the country's decline have on the characters?
Essay Topic 4
What was the Spanish Inquisition? Why is the Inquisition so infamous? How does the author represent the Inquisition in the novel and does his representation compare to other representations in popular culture?
Essay Topic 5
What role did the Catholic religion play on Spanish culture in the 17th century? In what way are the characters in the novel controlled by...
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