Essay Topic 1
In the novel, responsibility is an important theme. The King holds the responsibility for his kingdom and its people. Parents hold responsibility for their children; lords hold responsibility for peasants and servants. People are responsible for their animals. Discuss responsibility in the novel.
1) What is the relationship of power and responsibility in the novel? What are the consequences for the powerful of neglecting their responsibilities?
2) How do the characters in the novel take responsibility for their own lives? To what extend are the characters capable of being responsible for their own lives and destinies?
3) When and why do characters take responsibility for others?
Essay Topic 2
Love is an important element of Merivel's relationships with others. Discuss love in the novel.
1) Who does Merivel love and why? What is his love for the King based on? What is his love for Pearce based on? What is his...
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