3 essays, each for 1 page. – Philosophy
WRITING THE CRITICAL ESSAY
Most writing assignments are easier to organize and write if you begin with a plan. For each of your critical essays, you should prepare an outline that begins with a thesis statement. This thesis should then be developed through at least the minimum of basic outline structure. You do not have to submit the outline.
You should invent your own title for your essay. You may identify a piece of literature you are analyzing in your title; however, that title alone may not serve as the title of your essay. (Becoming a Man: Sarty’s Journey in Faulkner’s “Barn Burning”) Do not underline, boldface or punctuate your title.
The first step in writing a critical essay is developing a well-defined thesis. As in other essays you have written, the thesis is generally placed at the end of the introductory paragraph. The thesis must state a restricted point you wish to make about the piece of literature. Read your writing prompts very carefully. These prompts will help you develop your thesis.
Begin your essay with an attention getter.
Directions- You will write 3 separate essays that will be counted as one test grade for this unit. For each writing prompt, you need to respond with a simple introduction, a thorough body, and a simple conclusion. You must have a minimum of 3 paragraphs for each essay. You must go beyond this minimum limit and submit essays that are more fully developed if you are working toward a very high grade. The body of each essay must be supported with YOUR analysis and supported with specific quotes from the authors’ works. Please refer to the STYLE SHEET within this module. Follow the format and content specifications as explained.
Make certain that all of the work on this assignment is your own. DO NOT use information from other sources. Stick to your primary sources and give your own analysis. Remember, plagiarism is a very serious offense that will result in failure of the course.
I will not accept these papers late. Also, it is to your advantage to submit well before the deadline so that you will be able to spend plenty of time studying for the final. Your papers must be submitted through the Turnitin window on the assignment page. I won’t accept papers submitted through email.
1. (40 pts.) “Emerson developed a philosophy that Thoreau lived.” This statement is especially true of Thoreau’s time at Walden Pond.
Your essay must reveal how Emerson’s theories influenced Thoreau’s actions while he was at Walden Pond. You must use specific details from both Emerson and Thoreau.
Discuss at least three specific examples that prove the truth of the statement. DO NOT DIVIDE YOUR PARAGRAPHS OF THE ESSAY INTO SEPARATE SUMMARIES OF EACH EMERSON ESSAY. Instead, pick one point and develop that point. For example, you could develop a paragraph on the concept of NOT following herd mentality. Emerson mentions this in several of his essays. How does Thoreau take the idea of not following herd mentality and put it into practice at Walden Pond? Provide at least one VERY specific detail from Walden to illustrate. Then, move on to your next point.
You MUST draw information from all 3 Emerson selections we read–Nature, “The American Scholar”, and “Self Reliance.”
You MUST stick only to Walden. In this essay, you will not support with details from Thoreau’s “Resistance to Civil Government.”
You must include quotes to support your response.
2. (30 pts.) Explain Thoreau’s definition of “civil disobedience.”
Do NOT provide a dictionary definition of civil disobedience. Stick to Thoreau’s “Resistance to Civil Government” to provide all of your details.
Explain Thoreau’s (a) motivations for writing this essay, (b) theory of the “majority of one,” and (c) how he was punished for practicing civil disobedience.
Give examples of at least two others (individuals or groups) who have followed his ideas concerning civil disobedience. (For this portion of the question, you may consult an outside source. You MUST cite your source.)
Is there any principle for which you would consider civil disobedience? Why or why not. Be very specific with your response.
3. (30 pts.) Reveal at least three of Whitman’s Transcendentalist beliefs in his poetry.
Consult the list of “Basic Beliefs of Transcendentalism” on your Unit 4 Study Guide.
Each paragraph must focus on ONE belief. Do NOT divide your paragraphs of the essay into 3 summaries/explications of 3 different poems.
For each belief, use details from at least 2 poems as support.
Use only the poems you were assigned to read during this unit (see your Reading List).
You should use MULTIPLE poems so show that you have read widely. If you limit your paper to only 2 poems, you will lose points on this paper.
Don’t simply quote one line from each poem when you provide support. Instead, discuss each belief and supporting poem with some depth.
HOW TO SUBMIT THE ESSAYS
1. Write 3 separate essays, each with a meaningful title.
2. Cut and paste the 3 essays into only ONE Word document. Name it after yourself! For example: Jane Smith Unit 4
3. Now, check that document VERY carefully to be absolutely certain that your 3 essays are included in the one document. Proofread your work one more time.
4. The assignment window will allow you to upload only ONE document. Make certain you select the correct document, the one you named in #2 above.
5. Be certain to upload your work BEFORE the class deadline. The window will close when the deadline has passed. I do not accept papers late or papers submitted through email.
HOW TO RECEIVE FULL POINTS ON THESE ESSAYS
1. Submit your very best work. Don’t just dash something down at the last minute.
2. Your work should be grammatically flawless. The Writing Center is working remotely just like the rest of the College. You can get help from them, but don’t expect them to proofread for you. If you know from Comp I & II that you have trouble with subject/verb agreement, get some help! Grammar and punctuation errors will count against you. This is an ENGLISH class.
3. Read the writing prompts carefully. Start with a plan BEFORE you start writing.
4. Support your main points with SHORT and specific quotes from the primary sources. After you have your plan (outline) in place, examine the sources extremely carefully and find specific examples that can support your ideas. Only them will you really be ready to write.
5. Answer ALL parts of each writing prompt. If you do not respond to part of the prompt, you will lose points.
6. Make certain ALL work is your own. Don’t be tempted to borrow a sentence or a paragraph or any idea from an outside source. This is considered plagiarism and can result in your receiving an F in the class (not just on this paper).
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