Study Questions and Essay Topics
Why is the novel called Regeneration? Explain.
Is Regeneration an anti-war novel? Why or why not?
When does the motif of emasculation arise in the novel? How do the characters address issues of emasculation caused by the war?
Suggested Essay Topics
Describe the role of fathers and mothers in the novel. How do they help or undermine the healing of the patients?
How is Owen portrayed in the novel? In what ways is he like and unlike Sassoon?
Is Prior's relationship with Sarah romantic? Can it be described as love? How does the war affect it?
Which characters change throughout the course of the novel, and which remain static? What are the larger implications for this personal growth or stagnation?
Compare Rivers to Yealland. Are either or both doing their "duty"?
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