Essay Topic 1
Describe and discuss the setting established in the beginning of Splendors and Glooms. During what time period does the story take place? What clues from the author indicate this? Where specifically does the story begin? What years historically comprise the “Victorian era”?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the character of Cassandra in the novel. Of what is she dying? Why does she blame her impending death on a stone? What kind of stone is it? Who does Cassandra think can help her prevent her impending death?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the motif of puppetry in the novel. What do you think the puppets in the story represent symbolically? What imagery is used to describe the puppets? What is the history of puppetry as entertainment?
Essay Topic 4
Define “narrative point of view” in literature and identify the narrative style of Splendors and Glooms. Is the story related in first, second...
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