Essay Topic 1
Describe the events of the French Revolution and discuss how they might have affected Rose's life. What is the Reign of Terror? What are the reasons that the French Revolution took place? What was Alexandre de Beauharnais's involvement in the French Revolution?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss Rose as a mother. Is Rose happy as a mother? Does she get along with her children? What struggles has she had to overcome in connection with her children? When have the children been the source of conflict between Alexandre and Rose?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the motif of adultery in the novel. How does Rose feel about Alexandre's extramarital affairs? Why does she agree to look after his illegitimate children? What compels Rose to take on a lover of her own? How does Rose's father's dalliances affect her?
Essay Topic 4
Analyze and interpret the relationship between Rose and Lazare. Under what...
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