Novel Essay Topics

By Emily Ashford

In the course of this essay I want to contrast and compare two poems by the Irish poet Seamus Heaney. His anthology “Death of a Naturalist” was written in reflection of childhood and the loss of innocence possibly based on his own experiences. This anthology has received much praise and recognition over the past few… View Article

Far From The Madding Crowd

This inconsiderate act lead Boldwood to believe that Bathsheba wanted marriage with him. As we found out Boldwood is very ignorant to love and because he is a very sensitive character falls into a false sense of security because of Bathsheba’s prank. In chapter 23 it looked as if marriage was inevitable because Bathsheba promises… View Article

‘1984’ by George Orwell

Winston made up his mind, he would defiantly come back to this place after a suitable interval. He would take the risk of visiting the shop again. He would look around more, find other interesting things from the mysterious past. He was even considering of renting that nice little room above the shop. And he… View Article

The ways in which Ballantyne and Golding close their respective novels

Compare the ways in which Ballantyne and Golding close their respective novels. Which do you think is the more optimistic? How does the language in each convey the attitude of the author towards his subject? William Golding and RM Ballantyne have both written books about children in extreme situations; landing on an island without any… View Article

The Development of Fa in The Inheritors

Consider a character who develops in the novel, and with detailed reference to style and themes, explain the development and its significance. ‘The Inheritors’ by William Golding explores the elimination of the Neanderthals by the homosapiens. The novel follows the two survivors, Lok and Fa, both pure of heart yet both led into corruption by… View Article

The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a political satire on society. The butt of the satire is “civilization” at the time of the second world war. During this era, a civilized society goes to war and obliterates, maims, and kills. In this novel, Golding depicts destruction, killing, and fear as evil… View Article

Some critics view Ednas suicide at the end of the novel

Some critics view Edna’s suicide at the end of the novel as a failure to complete her escape from convention – an inability to defy society. Others view her suicide as a final awakening – a show of strength and independence that defies social expectation. Which interpretation do you find more compelling, and why? Throughout… View Article

Three characters in the novel

Trace the importance of duty and loyalty as demonstrated by at least three characters in the novel. Loyalty and duty is one of the main themes in “A Tale of Two Cities”. Dickens examines this theme on many different levels, looking at both the loyalty and duty involved in the characters’ personal relationships and their… View Article

Main Character Of The Novel

Throughout the book, we see that George Elliot has a distinct pre-occupation and interest with presenting the working class rural community in an authentic light. She writes the book as a social anthropologist, studying the more primitive community of the time. She has a large amount of sympathy towards the poor, although she herself was… View Article

How does Walkers presentations of Womanism Affect Your Interpretation of the Novel?

Alice Walker is one of the most prominent contemporary writers in America. Her masterpiece, The Color Purple, wins her Pulitzer Prize for her ideology of “womanism”. Walker’s “womanism” has four characteristics: anti-sexism, anti-racism, Afracentrism and humanism. Afracentrism refers to the review of Afro-American history and culture while humanism emphasizes on love and forgiveness to both… View Article

Analysis of Vampire Scene in Chapter 3 Dracula

Freud suggests that fear is “linked in some way to an earlier emotional response that has been repressed.” In chapter 3 Hawker experiences a great amount of fear when he is attacked by the Brides of Dracula, in a dramatic, highly sexual scene. Hawker’s submission and confusion as to whether he is experiencing pleasure of… View Article

Previous knowledge of the novel

From your reading of Chapters 1, 2 and 26 of “Jane Eyre”, as well as any previous knowledge of the novel you might have, write about the links you begin to see between that text and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”. “The Yellow Wallpaper” was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1892 for a… View Article

The novel The Handmaid’s Tale

In this essay I am going to look at how readers get a sense of Dystopia from the first opening chapters of the novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood. We are thrown right into it and we readers are forced to think what is happening. Right at the start of Chapter one Atwood starts… View Article

Gothic novel

The novel ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte has been categorised as both romantic and gothic by scholars and literary critics. The plot entails the exploration of a woman’s domestic trap, a common Victorian theme, with her subjection to patriarchal authority and her dangerous attempts to escape from such restrictions and the consequences. There is a… View Article

The Atmosphere in Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights

How do the writers of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights use setting and atmosphere in the development of their novels? Setting and atmosphere are dominant features of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. Through them the authors are able to reveal plot through characters and underlying themes. They colour our interpretation of the novel and allow… View Article