The Overstory Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Richard Powers
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Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the backstory of Nicholas Hoel. How did Nicholas become connected to trees? How does he become intertwined with the other main characters of the novel? What are Douglas's motivations?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the character of Mimi Ma in The Overstory. How are Mimi's childhood and education described? Into what career does she enter? How does she become involved with activism?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the themes of nonviolent protest, ecoterrorism, and police retaliation as seen in The Overstory. What happens to the people who protest in the novel? How do they protest? What are the outcomes of these protests?

Essay Topic 4

Analyze and discuss the character of Adam Appich in The Overstory. What is Adam's connection with trees? How does he become involved in the movement against logging? What happens to Adam at the end of the novel? Why?

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