I'm reading Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence and need help coming up with a good topic in the book to write a one page summation about. Can anyone help me come up with a topic? This is an...

I'm reading Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence and need help coming up with a good topic in the book to write a one page summation about. Can anyone help me come up with a topic? This is an analytical essay, not a summary. 

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Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence is an extraordinary book written by an intriguing personality, who has become an icon of popular culture as "Lawrence of Arabia." Underneath the popular icon is a man whose understanding of archaeology and history, developed as a student at Oxford, led him to understand the Arabs and work with them successfully in a manner that remains significant for understanding how western countries can successfully develop alliances with Arabic ones. 

Thus your main topic or focus should be on Lawrence's understanding of Arabic culture and how that led to his success. You might focus on how he built relationships with individual tribes, and how his understanding of tribal loyalties and relationships led to his effective mobilization of them. This is in stark contrast to the British portrayed in his book, and even many western politicians today, who tend to lump Arabs or large groups of Arabs together rather than understanding them in terms of subgroupings. Where western policy has been successful, today, just as in the time of Lawrence, it has responded to the particularity of Arab tribes and similar groupings.

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