What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Zoe Heller
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Essay Topic 1

Examine Barbara Covett's motivation for telling Sheba's story in "Notes on a Scandal." What does she say her motivations are? What do they actually appear to be? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Barbara states early on in "Notes on a Scandal" that her friendships are rarely balanced; one person tends to take the lead. Who leads in Barbara and Sheba's friendship? Who has the control? How is the power in this friendship determined, and how does each person seem to benefit from the friendship?

Essay Topic 3

Socioeconomic class and status are brought up several times throughout "Notes on a Scandal." Barbara, the narrator, appears to be very interested in social class and makes many assumptions about people and their actions based on her knowledge of their social class. Discuss the role of socioeconomic status in "Notes on a Scandal...

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