The Twilight Zone Companion Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Marc Scott Zicree
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Essay Topic 1

Rod Serling was only 5'4" but not short on confidence.

Part 1) Describe Rod's behavior as a child. How might this prepare him for the television industry?

Part 2) How might this confidence be affect by the television industry?

Part 3) How does Rod's personality change throughout his life? Why do these changes occur?

Essay Topic 2

Rod and his brother, Bob, enjoyed reading and acting out science fiction pulps.

Part 1) How else are these two brothers similar? How does this affect their relationship?

Part 2) What does this reveal about Rod's personality and interests? How does this foreshadow his future?

Part 3) What would have been another suitable career for Rod? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Luckily for Rod, television was still a relatively new medium in 1953.

Part 1) How does this make him lucky? How does television's newness also hurt him?

Part 2) How did "The Twilight Zone" and Rod Serling influence television?


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