Under the Volcano Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

List three ways that the story of the German soldiers' deaths and the consul's role in them impact the reader's view of the consul as a character before he actually arrives in "Under the Volcano."

Essay Topic 2

Given what you know about Malcolm Lowry, write an argument about how "Under the Volcano" is semi-autobiographical. Make sure to use facts from Lowry's life as well as direct evidence from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of women in "Under the Volcano" and at least three literary devices Lowry uses when presenting female characters in the novel.

Essay Topic 4

Write a well-reasoned argument stating that, despite his major flaws, the consul is in fact a good man. Make sure to use direct evidence from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 5

Discuss at least three ways that Lowry's placement of the novel...

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