The Girl on the Train Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Paula Hawkins
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Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's use of symbolism in The Girl on the Train. What is symbolized by the pile of clothes that Rachel remarks upon several times in the narrative? What does alcohol represent for Rachel? What is the significance of the train itself in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the nonlinear plot structure of The Girl on the Train. Why do you think the author has chosen to relate the story in this manner? How would the story differ if it were related in chronological order? How does the nonlinear structure of the story tie into its themes?

Essay Topic 3

What characteristics of the three narrators make them unreliable? Which narrator's perspective appears the most reliable in the course of the novel? How does the unreliability of these narrators influence the progression, mood, and tone of the novel?

Essay Topic 4

Describe and discuss Rachel's history with...

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