The Goldfinch Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the narrative style of The Goldfinch. Is the narrative related in past or present tense? How does it change? Is the narrator involved in the action of the story? Why do you think the author chose to use this narrative style?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the character of Theo Decker as the protagonist of The Goldfinch. How old is Theo’s character when his mother dies? How far in the future is Theo when he is in the Amsterdam hotel room? What characteristics does Theo display as a thirteen-year-old boy?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the character of Audrey Decker (Theo’s mother) in The Goldfinch. How does Theo feel about his mother? What is their relationship like? Why is Theo in trouble on the day that his mother dies? How does Theo describe his mother’s past?

Essay Topic 4

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