A List Of 20 American Literature Argumentative Essay Topics


Finding a topic to write about for your American Literature course can be a hassle. If you had to read any of the books listed below, this is a great source for finding a topic. There are topics for some of the most commonly read books in an American Literature class and they are designed so that you can write an effective argumentative essay on them. Choose a topic that either interests you or one that you feel like you really understand so that you can write a good essay that proves your point.

  1. 1. Jonathan Edwards’ sermons describing Puritan life
  2. 2. Does Holden Caulfield have post-traumatic stress disorder in the Catcher in the Rye?
  3. 3. What does the Central Park ducks mean in the Catcher and the Rye?
  4. 4. Is Holden Caulfield a hero in the Catcher in the Rye?
  5. 5. Is the main theme of The Great Gatsby is to show the dying American dream?
  6. 6. Do the upper class characters have any depth to their character in The Great Gatsby?
  7. 7. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby is an upstanding citizen or does he just appear that way?
  8. 8. In The Great Gatsby, how does the places and settings epitomize aspects of the roaring twenties?
  9. 9. How does To Kill a Mockingbird show the exploration of a person’s moral character?
  10. 10. How does the book To Kill a Mockingbird show the importance of teaching our children morals?
  11. 11. How the social inequalities are portrayed in To Kill a Mockingbird
  12. 12. What gothic details that were added into the plot to create atmosphere and drama in To Kill a Mockingbird?
  13. 13. What lessons does Of Mice and Men teach the reader about the human existence?
  14. 14. When and how do the characters in Of Mice and Men realize that they aren’t going to see the American dream?
  15. 15. How are women portrayed in Of Mice and Men?
  16. 16. What contrasts are shown between strength and weakness in Of Mice and Men?
  17. 17. In Of Mice and Men, what does Lennie’s puppy represent?
  18. 18. How is the nature or evil portrayed in The Scarlet Letter?
  19. 19. Why doesn’t Hester push to leave the town or remove the letter in The Scarlet Letter?
  20. 20. Describe the wilderness versus civilization concept in The Scarlet Letter?

Hope that these will help you in finding a topic.