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The Reivers Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Do you think Faulkner's books have similar characters, themes, or settings? How has Faulkner's work matured over the years?

Examine the southern Gothic genre.

1) What are the typical plot, character, and settings of the genre?

2) How has the genre developed over the years?

3) In general what thoughts and feeling does the southern Gothic novel express?

Why does Faulkner use Memphis as his main setting? What affect does Memphis have on the characters' thoughts and actions? How would the story's meaning change if he used another setting such as Dallas? Would the characters act differently?

What difference does dialect make in the novel? Do the students think there are times that dialect does not work? When should a writer use dialect?

Why do the students think first person point of view is not necessarily reliable? What moments in the story do the students think are not so reliable and...

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