For this essay, you’ll need to write 500-750 words on only one of the following prompts. Please use the MLA template included in this week’s Module and in the “Files” section of the class in order to format your paper properly.
— Select a story that we’ve read this term, and write an essay in which you consider the relevance of the language of that story. Make sure you consider tone and style of the author/narrator, and look at dialogue of the characters. For example, how does the writer’s tone advance the writer’s purpose? What is the diction of the narrator? Of the characters? How do figures of speech (simile, metaphor, personification) affect your understanding of the action of the story? These are not the only questions you might examine, but they may get you started.
— Examine either “Daddy” or “The Secretary Chant” with a feminist critical eye. You may look at the poems as art or at the authors as artists. What does the work reveal about the operations (economically, politically, socially, or psychologically) of patriarchy? What role do the female speakers take in comparison to the male objects considered? What does the history of the work’s reception by the public and by the critics tell us about the operation of patriarchy (research what/how these poems express the authors’ feminism)? How do these works fit with the concept of feminist writing? Again, these questions may just get you started with creating a position.
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Remember, when writing about literature, use quality evidence directly from the texts to support an argumentative thesis in order to persuade your readers. Make sure you use literary terms correctly and be sure you proofread your work. Additionally, you must find additional support using the databases from Valencia’s online library system. Remember that you need to cite properly the primary text you use for this paper and any secondary sources you find using MLA citation style (both in-text and Works Cited).