The Secret Agent Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Readers will very likely be reminded of contemporary terrorist acts and situations, whether involving international terrorists in European cities, or acts of domestic violence in the United States by antigovernment agitators. Discussion could focus on the nature of terrorist groups and the motives which entice people to become involved in causes which induce acts of violence against society and governments.

Another area to pursue is the flawed marriage of Verloc and Winnie Verloc. In what ways is Winnie a victim of her husband's sexual aggression as well as his petty schemes? What justification does Winnie have for her tragic act of murdering Verloc? Perhaps Winnie Verloc's marriage can be seen as a paradigm of many Victorian marriages, which were apparently placid on the surface, but tarnished by the husband's attempt to dominate matters.

1. What elements of The Secret Agent seem to have contemporary relevance?

What comments does the...

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