Please use the following prompts to develop an original essay consisting of two
Please use the following prompts to develop an original essay consisting of two to three full pages (excluding the works cited page) based on one or more of the short stories assigned in class or on Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta. Remember to avoid writing an extended summary of the work; the focus should be on writing a sustained analysis of a character, a theme, or the symbolism of the work(s). You may also use any of the topic suggestions found at the end of each chapter in our section on fiction. In addition to the work(s) analyzed, two critical sources about the literary work(s) you discuss are required, all of which must come from PSC’s library or its databases. Failure to include two library sources will result in a twenty-five-point penalty. You may also use UF’s ImageText database to find sources; see link in Canvas. Other sources from outside of the library are not permitted. Quotes from the original text are necessary in order to validate your assertions, so please use them appropriately throughout your essay, taking care to cite them properly in MLA format. You may choose from the following general prompts to help you narrow your topic. General Topics:·Choose to compare two characters or a common theme, subject, or symbol found in several works. ·Examine a single element in one or more works—for example, symbolism, point of view, setting, theme, style, or character development.·Analyze the social commentary embedded in one or more works.Questions to ask about literature: The following questions will help you generate ideas to use in your papers. Please do not simply answer them in your essay.·Questions about technique:·Plot: What central conflicts drive the plot? Are they internal (within a character) or external between characters or between a character and a force)? How are the conflicts resolved? Why are events in a particular order? ·Setting: Does the setting (time and place) create an atmosphere, give an insight into character, suggest symbolic meanings, or hint at the theme of the work? ·Character: What seems to motivate the central characters? Do any characters change significantly? If so, what—if anything—have they learned from their experiences? Do sharp contrasts between characters highlight important themes?·Point of View: Does the point of view—the perspective from which the story is narrated—influence our understanding of events? Does the narration reveal the character of the speaker, or does the speaker merely observe others? Is the narrator perhaps innocent, naïve, or deceitful?·Theme: Does the work have an overall theme (a central insight about people or a truth about life, for example)? If so, how do details in the work serve to illuminate this theme? ·Language: Does language—such as formal or informal, standard or dialect, cool or passionate—reveal the character of the speakers? How do metaphors, similes, and sensory images contribute to the work? How do recurring images enrich the work and hint at its meaning? · Questions about social context:·Historical context: What does the work reveal about—or how was it shaped by—the time and place in which it was written? Does the work appear to promote or undermine a philosophy that was popular in its time, such as social Darwinism in the late nineteenth century or the women’s movement in the mid-twentieth century? ·Class: How does social class shape or influence characters’ choices and actions? How does class affect the way characters view—or are viewed—by others? What economic struggles or power relationships does the work reflect or depict? ·Race and culture: Are any characters portrayed as being caught between cultures: between the culture of home and the culture of work or school, for example, or between a traditional and an emerging culture? Are any characters engaged in a conflict with society because of their race or ethnic background? To what extent does the work celebrate a specific culture and its traditions? ·Gender: Are any characters’ choices restricted because of their gender? What are the power relationships between the sexes, and do these change during the course of the work? DO any characters resist the gender roles society has assigned them? Do other characters choose to conform to those roles? ·Archetypes (or universal types): Does a character, an image, or a plot fit a pattern—or type—that has been repeated in stories throughout history and across cultures? (For example, nearly every culture has stories about heroes, quests, redemption, and revenge.) How does an archetypal character, image, or plot line correspond to or differ from others like it? (“Questions to Ask about Literature” taken from Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers Writing about Literature (2011), Bedford/St. Martin’s.)

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