WPU 1500 Essay #3 Questions and Instructions

WPU 1500 Essay #3 Questions and Instructions

This paper must:

  • be 4-5 pages in length
  • adhere to MLA format
  • use quote integration and in-text citations
  • contain a thesis which is original to what you think and facilitates analysis

    Below are a number of topic ideas. These ideas are guidelines; you need not follow the ideas exactly or answer every question. But remember that your thesis will need to be able to support a 4-5 page essay, as well as facilitate analysis, not summary.

  1. Reread Junot Diaz’s “How to Date” and read “Drown.” (available in “Course Materials”) What are the issues of masculinity Diaz is highlighting in these texts? What do you think is Yunior’s relationship and history with Beto? How does that relationship and history mirror his mother’s relationship with his father? How do you think Yunior’s attitudes about masculinity might affect his relationship with Beto? How does Yunior’s ethnicity operate in these stories? What are his attitudes regarding masculinity and how are these tied to his ethnicity?
  2. Reread Chopin’s “Desiree’s Baby” and read “The Yellow Wallpaper.” (available in “Course Materials”) Consider the relationships both women have with their husbands. How are they treated more as children than as wives? How is this reinforced in this texts? Consider the way Desiree is “found” by both Madame Valmonde and Armand, as well as the significance of the main setting for “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Also, consider the points of view in each story. How does the choice of narrator help/hurt what each author’s feminist message? Can the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” be trusted? Why or why not?
  3. Reread Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” and read “How to Tell a True War Story.” (available in “Course Materials”) How do these stories complicate our traditional (and sometimes romantic) ideas regarding war? In the second story, what is the narrator talking about in regards to a “true war story”? What does the complication of truth say about human nature? Also, consider the way the second story is structured. The narrator speaks to the reader directly and reminds us on several occasions that we are reading a story (or series of stories). What does this do to our suspension of disbelief? What do you think O’Brien is trying to achieve with the story? Does he succeed?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Once you have chosen which group of questions you will answer for Essay 3, pick 4 or 5 questions you are interested and which you feel you may be able to connect for the essay. Then fill out the following:

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