A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for Frank Norris's The Octopus, a novel based on the Mussel Slough Tragedy of 1880. As a powerful work of fiction, The Octopus tells of the conflict between a railway company and ranchers in a fight for land rights. Moreover, Norris's novel serves as a great example of romanticism, as he navigates the metaphor between an octopus and monopolization. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of Norris's classic work, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons it has stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.