The Birth of Venus Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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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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