The Woman Next Door Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Yewande Omotoso
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Essay Topic 1

How does South Africa’s history of Apartheid impact the plot of The Woman Next Door? In what ways does this history impact the setting? In what ways does it impact the relationships between the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Hortensia and Marion may seem like very different women on the surface, but they have many similarities. Compare and contrast their overall life histories and world views.

Essay Topic 3

At the beginning of the novel Marion is undoubtedly racist, but by the end of the novel she admits to having a problem. How and why does Marion change? Do you think this change will last? Provide evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 4

What factors shape Hortensia’s very negative and mean attitude? What elements from her past? What elements from her present?

Essay Topic 5

Why do you think the author chose to situate the novel in the neighborhood...

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