For this essay you will choose two of the texts listed below and you will evaluate how socio-cultural difference(s) operate in those texts. Socio-cultural differences include racial, ethnic, and class or caste differences such as black/white, African-American/White American, British/Ottoman, Christian/Muslim, upper caste/low caste, etc.
The central question your essay should answer is this: How do socio-cultural differences impact the relationships between people in your chosen texts?
Successful essays will choose two texts that speak to each other in some meaningful way.
Therefore you should choose
1) two texts that discuss the same or similar socio-cultural differences
2) two texts that discuss socio-cultural differences that have a similar impact on the relationships within those texts
Unlike your previous essays, in this essay, your thesis will be supported by evidence from two texts. Like essay 1 and 2, this assignment requires that you quote specific words, phrases, passages, and/or lines that are relevant to your specific argument, as well as close read the language in those quotations. Like essay 2, this essay also requires that you engage with both texts’ social, cultural, and/or historical contexts. No outside research is required for this essay.
Choose 2 texts from the following choices:
Coming of Age in Mississippi
“The Subordinate” from The Slate of Life
Turkish Embassy Letters
Paragraph 1 (introductory paragraph)
Your introductory paragraph must introduce the texts, characters, and key ideas your paper will discuss. It must lead up to a clear thesis statement (offering an argument, with a distinct point of view, not just a plot summary). It must end with a strong transition to your next paragraph.
Paragraphs 2, 3, etc. (body paragraphs—as many as needed)
Each body paragraph must begin with a clear topic sentence forecasting the content and argument of the paragraph. Each paragraph must make one argument that supports your thesis (broader argument). In making that one argument, you must provide textual evidence that supports your argument, and you must offer a compelling close-reading of that evidence that clearly relates to the overall argument presented in your thesis
Final Paragraph (conclusion)
Your concluding paragraph must link the various parts of your argument into one
cohesive whole. Reassert and restate your argument in new words, and indicate the broader conclusions you can draw from that argument.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ESSAY 3
Essay must include the academic honesty statement at the top of the first page
Here is that statement: “I have read, understand, and am in compliance with the
Academic Honesty policy. In particular, I have not committed any kind of
plagiarism. There are no un-attributed direct or indirect quotations or paraphrases from printed materials, websites, other students’ papers, or any other sources in
Essay must be a minimum of 1250 words in length, not including the heading/title,
academic honesty statement, and works cited page
Essay must not be longer than 1500 words in length
Essay must have an interesting and original title
Essay must offer a clear argument (not just a summary or description)
Essay must provide close-reading analysis of at least two passages from each of the primary texts.
Essay must include a works cited page
Essay must be typed, double-spaced, written in 12-point Times or Times New Roman font, and formatted according to standard MLA style
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