Essay Topic 1
Discuss the concept of inherited wealth versus earned wealth as depicted in the novel. How does William Dean Howells depict each type of wealth in the novel, and what do you think he is saying about the effects of each type of wealth on those who possess it? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
The Rise of Silas Lapham contains a number of instances of irony. Cite three examples of irony in the novel and discuss what you think the author intends to convey with each example.
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast the characters of Silas Lapham, Bromfield Corey, and Tom Corey in The Rise of Silas Lapham. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.
Essay Topic 4
Discuss the meaning of the book's title. It indicates that Silas Lapham will rise during the course of the book, yet he...
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