The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

The title of the book can be seen as having multiple meanings. Take a position about what you think the title means, and provide examples from the text that demonstrate Leamas' time "in the cold," a time when he is considering coming in from the cold, and a time when he has clearly come in from the cold.

Essay Topic 2

Would The Spy Who Came in from the Cold's characters' personal struggles change if placed in a more modern-day situation (for example, a British spy during the Iraq war)? Support your answer by using 3 specific examples, and compare or contrast your modern-day evidence to events or situations in the text.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book, we never learn Control's real name. Discuss three reasons why an author would choose not to have a character's real name ever mentioned in a book and what the effect is...

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