The Blind Assassin

Essay for The Blind Assassin, due Thursday, 4 September 2015. Double-spaced, please, Times New Roman, 12 point font.

Choose from topic A. or B.


A.        Novelist William Styron wrote life “is a search for justice.” Choose a character from The Blind Assassin who responds in some significant way to justice or injustice.  In developing your essay, analyze the character’s understanding of justice, the degree to which it is successful, and how it affects the novel as a whole. Do not summarize the plot.


B.        Past actions affect, positively or negatively, a character’s present actions, attitudes or values. For whom is this true in The Blind Assassin? How does this character’s relationship to the past contribute to the overall meaning of the novel? Do not summarize the plot.


Use the literary analysis rubric. Frame your thesis in an introductory paragraph. Use quotations but not more than a few lines with page numbers in parentheses.  Remember the quotation sandwiches. Pay attention to literary devices.  Length: a minimum of two but not more than three pages.