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09/07/2019

What are some good books to write an essay about?

QUESTION
What are some good books to write an essay about?
Hi!

For a project at school, my class has to write an essay about three books, two from our course work and one of our own choosing. From our course work, we have read Frankenstein and Lord of the Flies. I am looking for a third novel to read that would fit the themes of these two novels quite well. More specifically, I am looking for something with a lot of substance and underlying themes to it. I already have a few ideas, but I also want to hear a few more from others. Suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!

ANSWER
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury would be great since it discusses society and how it “others” individuals. Your main thesis could be on “othering” as this is found in both Frankenstein and Lord of the Flies.

Othering is basically the process by which outsiders that do not fit the norm or hold the ideals of society are set apart. The thesis could include reasons society “others”. Examples: fear, greed, lack of empathy, etc. What are the benefits/pitfalls to being “othered”.

In these novels the “othered” individuals are put to death or cast out, but often times, those that are othered have the highest morals – integrity, compassion, curiosity, etc.