Summer of Night Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Analyze Simmons' motif of darkness in the novel "Summer of Night." What are some examples of darkness in the novel? How does darkness create a mysterious and suspenseful tone? What are some major scenes which take place in the dark? How does the title of the novel relate to this motif?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the supernatural elements in the novel. What are some examples of the supernatural in the novel? What can the supernatural beings do that humans cannot? How do these supernatural beings overcome the principle characters with their supernatural abilities?

Essay Topic 3

Simmons based some of the elements of the novel "Summer of Night" on his childhood friends and his hometown. What comparisons can be made between the characters and their real life counterparts? What similarities are there between the fictional town in the novel and Simmons's hometown? What real-life works and historical figures...

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