The Landlady (Roald Dahl) Essay Topics & Writing Assignments
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Essay Topic 1

Write an essay explaining the significance of the title of the novel, “The Landlady.” How does the title reflect (or impact) the main characters? How does the title reflect the story’s themes? How does the title’s meaning change over the course of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of foreshadowing in the story. How does the author prepare the reader for the ending from the very first page?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the author’s choice to tell this story using Billy’s limited perspective. How does this point of view create suspense for the reader?

Essay Topic 4

Discuss the importance of briskness and how it helps to explain Billy’s character. How does the idea of briskness contribute to his fate in the story?

Essay Topic 5

Billy finds himself involved in a few conflicts over the course of the story. Choose one instance...

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