The Dinner Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Herman Koch
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Essay Topic 1

The meal in The Dinner is delivered in courses meant to develop a sense of anticipation in the diners. Write an essay exploring the novel's use of the dinner courses as an ongoing symbol. How does the meal motif echo the reading experience? How does the course-oriented structure mirror the escalating tensions over the course of the evening? What was the author attempting to communicate by organizing the novel this way?

Essay Topic 2

The theme of family is a critical element in The Dinner. Write an essay exploring how the theme of family is developed in the novel. Are the families presented in the novel unusual or the norm? What is the author trying to communicate about human nature by presenting these two families as expressions of the theme?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the character of Paul as an example of an unreliable narrator. What aspects of...

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