Essay Topic 1
Any work of fiction has some similarities, yet the structure can engender differences. Discuss the following:
1. Compare/contrast how the structure of the short stories, Sharpe's Christmas and Sharpe's Ransom, informs the reading experience to how the structure of one of Cornwell's novels might do the same.
2. Many readers love novels and are indifferent to short stories, and vice versa. Discuss why you think some readers would enjoy one format over another.
3. Choose a short, one-act play and compare it to one of the short stories as far as how structure affects the reading experience.
Essay Topic 2
Sharpe says repeatedly in the first short story that Christmas is no time for killing. Traditionally, throughout the history of war since the advent of Christianity a truce for Christmas has been enacted between two "Christian" nations who are at war and in fact, there are many incidences of...
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