The Light in the Forest

by: Conrad Richter

Suggested Essay Topics

What do you think is the purpose of Parson Elder's role within this book. Why is he an important character even though he appears in only one chapter?

Compare True Son's character to that of Del Hardy. In what ways are their characters opposite from each other? Compare True Son's character to that of Uncle Wilse. How are they alike or different?

How is racism displayed by whites and Indians in this novel? What does this suggest about the frontier life of the eighteenth century?

Is True Son betrayed by his family or families? How is he betrayed?

Who is True Son's real father, or does he even have a real father?