Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Lady Audley’s Secret

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Lady Audley’s Secret Essay Topics

1. Think about the kinds of ethical issues or dilemmas this novel addresses. How does it engage with these themes? Do you see it as a lesson or study in morality

2. A common adage is that “honesty is the best policy.” To what extent do you feel that it applies to this novel? Are there are situations in which deception is necessary or should the characters have spoken the truth in all matters?

3. Do you feel that Lady Audley’s “hereditary madness” should be seen as a mitigating factor in her actions? Or should she be held responsible for her crimes?

4. Robert is lenient in his treatment of Lady Audley after her secret has been revealed, seeking medical help for her. George’s father, however, says that he would have been far less merciful. Where do you stand on this issue?

5. Do you believe that Lady Audley is warranted in her…

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