Sentimental Education Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Gustave Flaubert and Mary Ruefle
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Essay Topic 1

What is the importance of setting in A Sentimental Education? Where do the important scenes take place? In what time period is the novel set? Why is this significant?

Essay Topic 2

Money has a significant role throughout A Sentimental Education. Give three examples from the novel in which money significantly alters the plot of the novel and directly affects the protagonist. How is money a characteristic of the Realist novel?

Essay Topic 3

Death is a major theme in A Sentimental Education. How are the major deaths in the novel described? How does Frederic react to the deaths of his son and Monsieur Dambreuse? What does this reveal about the protagonist?

Essay Topic 4

Marie Arnoux's parasol is an important object in A Sentimental Education. How does this object influence the action of the narrative? How does this object affect the relationship between Marie and Jacques Arnoux? What...

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