The False Gems

CHOOSE ONE of the following for an essay response.

1.De Maupassant’s story “The False Gems” ends with an abrupt and obscure conclusion. What purpose does this cryptic closing paragraph serve?

2.Explain the function of irony in “The False Gems”. Make sure you clearly understand ironybefore developing your argument.

3.One common theme in Perrault’s fairy tales is that of an individual’s ability to advance economically by individual merit or supernatural intervention. Explore the significance of this theme in oneof Perrault’s fairy tales covered on the syllabus.

4.To what extent do Perrault’s “Morals” at the end of his fairy tales illuminate or contradict the message of his stories? (Choose just one fairy tale for discussion.)

5.How does the setting of Poe’s “The Black Cat” OR Perrault’s “Blue Beard” contribute to one or more of the story’s themes?

6.What purpose do the references to animal cruelty have in Poe’s “The Black Cat”?

7.What is the effect of the subjective narrative voice in either “The Black Cat” or “The Yellow Wallpaper”? Make sure you understand and define the subjective point of view before developing your argument.

8.Explain the significance of one or more of the symbols in any of the short stories included in the syllabus up to January 27, 2020.

9.Discuss the theme of generational conflict or sibling rivalry (conflict between parents and children or between the older and younger siblings) in one of the fairy tales on the syllabus.

10.How is heterosexual love and marriage depicted in ONE of Perrault’s tales?

LENGTH:700-750 words

FORMAT: MLA style: Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spaced, stapled at the top left hand corner (no duo tangs, please).


Last Updated on January 24, 2020

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