The Underground Railroad (novel) Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Colson Whitehead
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Essay Topic 1

Discuss the tone, mood, and narrative style in The Underground Railroad. How does the author develop the tone and mood of the narrative in the first chapters? From what tense and perspective is the narrative related? Why do you think the author has chosen this narrative style?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss Cora as the protagonist of The Underground Railroad. What characteristics does Cora exhibit when her character is introduced? What makes Cora a "stray"? How does Cora's character develop over the course of the story?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the character of Caesar in The Underground Railroad. Why does Caesar choose Cora as the slave he wants to run away with? How did Caesar learn to read and write? What do Caesar's actions reveal about his character?

Essay Topic 4

Discuss the portrayal of the Underground Railroad in the novel. Why do you think the...

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