32 pages 1 hour read

Edgar Allan Poe

The Gold Bug

Fiction | Short Story | Adult | Published in 1843

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Essay Topics


The events of “The Gold-Bug” take place on Sullivan’s Island, which “consists of little else than the sea sand, and is about three miles long” (7). What effect does the island setting have on the atmosphere of the story? Refer to the text in your answer.


There are only 3 main characters in “The Gold-Bug”: the narrator, William Legrand, and Jupiter. Chose two characters and consider their relationship—does it change as the narrative progresses?


How significant is the role of chance or coincidence in story? Support your answer with evidence from the text.