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I have to write an essay on The Great Gatsby, Angela's Ashes, Othello and The Outsiders. What is a topic that relates to all of these novels? I have to write an essay on The Great Gatsby, Angela's Ashes, Othello and The Outsiders. What is a topic that relates to all of these novels?

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Those are very different works. Three are fiction and one is nonfiction. They'd have to be linked by a theme. I think a good theme is the insiders versus outsiders. This is not the same thing as class, although it is closely related. In each of these works, the main character is on the margins of society, on the outside looking in.

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You could examine the key relationships withIn each text and the internal and external influences which affect them. The effects of the deaths within each text could also be compared.

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You might consider exploring the idea of the have versus the have-nots, for lack of a better way to describe it.  Particularly in Gatsby, Othello, and The Outsiders, the characters are acted on by societal forces related to money and social class; these forces cause them to make questionable decisions in many cases, leaving the reader to decide for him or herself whether the protagonist's fate was predetermined.  The late Frank McCourt grew up in extreme poverty while his alcoholic father drank away the family's scant wages, as described in his heartbreaking memoir, Angela's Ashes, so it would probably not be difficult to work his novel into a discussion of the impact of social classes on the human experience. 

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