Prose Literary Study Questions

Examples of Prose Literary Study Questions you will be able to approach (and could begin to plan with the first text) using Jane Eyre and Rebecca:

  • A symbolism question
    Discuss the effectiveness of the use of symbols in two novels or in three short stories.
  • A setting question
    With close analysis of two novels, compare how setting is used to develop a significant theme or themes.
  • A theme question
    “Money and power — it all comes down to that.” Discuss this quotation with reference to any two novels.
  • A character question
    Discuss the thematic significance of the presentation of a flawed hero or heroine in any two novels.
NB: These seem clear cut - however remember that even with a 'setting' question you must still refer to other techniques i.e character, theme, symbolism etc.