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American Literature

What assumptions about the world are the authors or characters operating under?

This is to be a short formal paper graded for style, argument, and organization, the task is to explore a point about something that you found interesting in the work you are writing on. – Double-spaced, regular margins, 12 pt. Times New Roman font. – MLA format. – No shorter than 2½ pages, no longer than 3 full pages – The works cited list does not count toward the length of the paper. – Block or excessive quotes do not count toward the length of the paper. In case nothing jumps out at you, here are some very broad topics that might spark an idea and help you come up with an actual thesis: Is love always a good thing? Is love always about the beloved? Is death always a bad thing? What is the worst human flaw? Can humans handle the truth? Can humans ever really understand each other? Can humans control their own lives? Do people of different genders / races / classes / abilities experience the world the same way? What assumptions about the world are the authors or characters operating under? How does characterization / setting / symbolism / etc., help authors make their points? Did you hate the work? What aspects of the style or plot made it so objectionable? Might this have been deliberate? Negative responses can be very fruitful, as long as you channel that energy in productive ways. Include a works cited page. Do not tell the reader what you are about to do. Set up your topic or question and then get on with it. Do not answer your question or give the game away yet, or you’ll be repeating yourself for the rest of the paper. Do not summarize what you have just said at the end of the paper. The reader has been paying attention. Try instead to leave her impressed or convinced that the points you made needed to be made!!!