Speaker for the Dead Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Pick a character from the novel and discuss his/her goals and motives. Does he/she achieve his/her motives? Why? Does he/she share similar goals and motives with other characters? Does his/her goals clash with other characters?How do the character's goals and motives affect his/her interaction with each other?

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Card use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Away from the main character, Ender, examine the way Card uses the other characters in the story. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss...

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