Essay #3 Prewriting

Essay #3 Prewriting
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Please submit a prewrite for Essay #3 here. Again consult pages 8-10 ofA Writer’s Referencefor styles of prewriting or do any other style of prewriting that you prefer. Remember too to build your paper around a definite clear THESIS…one main idea that your paper sets out to prove argue illustrate clarify etc. Don’t let your paper just be random rambling thoughts…make sure it is focused directed and with a definite PURPOSE behind it. Also keep in mind the recommended length for our papers…around four pages to four and a half pages or so…please don’t be under or hugely over that basic length!
Here are your topics for Essay #3…CHOOSE ONE TO WRITE ON…DON’T RESPOND TO THEM ALL!!!!
1. In essay form compare and contrast the devastation of New Orleans as shown in In the Ruins to the setting of the valley of ashes inThe Great Gatsby. In what ways are the two settings similar? How are they different? What do you think the author of In the Ruins thinks about New Orleans as a place and what would he think of the valley of ashes if he were to see it? Besides the physical devastation/ruin what sort of human/spiritual devastation do you think is present in each of these locations? Make sure to quote from both the essay and the novel in some significant way in your response as evidence/support. Though not exactly the same topic is covered it is possible that In Praise of Chain Stores could work its way into the discussion as well…you do see that the valley of ashes was once a thriving place…perhaps some mention of the ideas from Chain Stores could work too!
2. Though the story ofThe Great Gatsbyis not yet over Chapter 7 shows certain turning points in relationships such as that of Daisy and Gatsby Daisy and Tom and George and Myrtle. Thinking back over some of the essaysthat you have read so far this semester comment on relationships marriages and character motivations thus far in the book and how they reach a turning point in Chapter 7. This discussion could go in many directions. Perhaps you wish to discuss the marriage of Tom and Daisy and its motives for existing and make reference to Making of a Divorce Culture. Perhaps you want to focus on Tom and his views of relationships…what does he think about his marriage with Daisy once it is challenged by Gatsby perhaps in reference to ideas presented in What We Miss About the 1950s (even though this book takes place before the 1950s!). Whatever your approach discuss the relationships of characters within the novel in relation to some of the ethical ideas or the idealized visions we have of family presented in readings you have done so far this semester.
3. Comment in essay form on the theme/emotion/ethics of RESPONSIBILITY inThe Great Gatsbyup to this point and relate this in some way to one or more of the readings you have done so far this semester. You can focus your discussion on a main character or two such as Gatsby and Nick or discuss several characters even minor ones such as Owl-Eyes and other party-goers at Gatsby’s parties throughout the summer. What characters in the book have a sense of responsibility and which do not? If you see a character who does have this sense what if anything does he or she do to act upon it? Is his or her motive honorable? What characters have no sense of responsibility? Why do you think they are this way? In Chapter 7 in particular what is Tom’s attitude toward what happens to Myrtle and what is Gatsby’s attitude toward Daisy at the end of the chapter? Are these values respectable or not? Discuss at length quoting from the novel as well as readings we have done so far this semester.
4. Think of the roles social status and characteristics of male characters and of female characters in the novel and discuss this in terms of some of the ideas from readings thus far in the semester particularly in terms of the essay Bros Before Hos: The Guy Code. Do you see connections between that essay and the way men act and act towards women in the book? It is not an easy essay to crack and I will not officially assign it to you but in order to attack this writing prompts you may wish to make use of the essay Becoming Members of Society: Learning the Social Meanings of Gender. Other essays within Section 5 ofRereading America which is about male and female roles may be of use to you as well so feel free to explore other selections in this section and use them as needed if you wish to do so.
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