Essay Topic 1
Write an essay in which you analyze Strether's letters to Mrs. Newsome. What is the psychological reason for and/or effect of Strether's letters? Is there a pattern to his letter-writing? What character trait of Strether's does this behavior demonstrate?
Essay Topic 2
The entire novel concerns the question of Chad's return to America. Analyze whether or not Chad's decision was predictable. In your essay, also discuss whether or not you think Strether had confidence that he would succeed in his mission? Did your expectation of success (or Strether's) change during the novel?
Essay Topic 3
James' novel is a complex psychological portrait of Lambert Strether. Write an essay in which you analyze Strether's emotions. Also track how his emotions change or develop in the course of the novel. Use evidence from the text to support your analysis.
Essay Topic 4
Strether and Maria Gostrey have a very close...
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