Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast Alessandra to her sister Plautilla.
Essay Topic 2
How does the author use high art to mirror politics in this novel?
Essay Topic 3
Analyze the use of dialogue to develop the characters in the novel as compared to descriptive passages.
Essay Topic 4
What role does marriage play in The Birth of Venus? How does marriage affect the conflicts in this novel?
Essay Topic 5
What is the author's commentary on parenthood? Examine the different styles of parenting and what message is attached to each.
Essay Topic 6
Analyze the gender roles in Alessandra's society.
Essay Topic 7
Examine the influence of religion in this novel. How does it serve as a theme?
Essay Topic 8
What is the role of Savonarola? What does he represent?
Essay Topic 9
Compare Cristoforo to the painter.
Essay Topic 10
How does this novel develop the Italian Renaissance into a character instead of a...
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