Essay Topic 1
What do the stories say about life in northern England in pre-war Britain? How does northern England differ from southern England? What conflicts are there between the two areas and why?
Essay Topic 2
Why was suicide seen as a criminal offense in England? What lead to suicide becoming legalized?
Essay Topic 3
Why do so many of the characters in the book have a problem with authority figures? In what way do their problems with authority figures hold them back?
Essay Topic 4
How was paediphilia viewed in fifties Britain? How would the authorities deal with someone like Jim in today's Britain?
Essay Topic 5
Why is British slang and dialect so important to the stories meanings? What meaning would Sillitoe take away from the stories if he did not write in dialect and British slang?
Essay Topic 6
Examine the British class system.
1. What points does Sillitoe make about...
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