The Silent Patient Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Write an essay explaining the significance of the title of the novel, The Silent Patient. How does the title reflect the main characters? How does the title reflect the novel’s themes? How does the title’s meaning change over the course of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

At one point in the novel, Alicia experiences a sense of déjà vu and thinks that “the past and present were coexisting simultaneously” (126). Explain how the novel illustrates the fluid nature of time, for both Theo and Alicia.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the author’s choice to tell this story by using alternating perspectives. How does viewing the action through the eyes of both Theo and Alicia affect the story? How do the shifting timelines affect the story? How would the book be different if the story was told through just one of their perspectives?

Essay Topic 4

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