We Have Always Lived in the Castle Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author of the novel, Shirley Jackson. What other works has she received recognition for? Is her work usually similarly-themed? Does she always write in the same genre?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the element of mystery in the novel "We Have Always Lived in the Castle." What are some examples of mystery in the novel? Why is Merricat such a mysterious character?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and interpret the information given about the murders? How might they have taken place and why? In what manner does Jackson share the information about the murders? Is the identity of the murderer a surprise?

Essay Topic 4

Discuss Jackson's use of foreshadowing. What are some examples of foreshadowing in the novel? Why does Jackson use foreshadowing?

Essay Topic 5

Discuss the motif of superstition in the novel. Which character(s) are superstitious? What are some examples of superstition in the novel? Why...

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