The Best American Short Stories of the Century Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Katrina Kenison
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Essay Topic 1

Many of the writers within the compilation are world-renowned authors. Select an author from the anthology and explore the following in an essay:

a) Describe their place in history as a writer.

b) Explain why he/she was and still is pivotal to contemporary literature.

Essay Topic 2

Explore and describe the appearance and roles of social class issues within a specific work. How do they affect the story? Include the following elements:

a) Race

b) Stereotypes

c) Morality

d) Education

Be sure to cite examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Explore and discuss various author's use of symbolism throughout the text. How is it effective in enriching the stories?

Essay Topic 4

Discuss foreshadowing as a literary tool and one author's use of it within the text.

Essay Topic 5

In "The Shawl," the Nazi soldiers exhibit a shocking lack of compassion throughout the story, while the subject...

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