The Demon Lover Topics for Further Study
by Elizabeth Bowen

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Topics for Further Study

(Short Stories for Students)

Research conditions in London, England, during the Blitz of World War II, and compare what you find with the setting of ‘‘The Demon Lover.’’

Find a version of the English ballad, "The Demon Lover,’’ and trace its use in the story. How do the two compare?

Compare ‘‘The Demon Lover’’ with Edith Wharton's ‘‘Pomegranate Seed.’’ Discuss any similarities or differences you observe.

In what way is ‘‘The Demon Lover’’ a ghost story? Find some other English ghost stories and compare them.

Look at studies of people in wartime and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Can you find any connection with Mrs. Drover's state of mind?