Choose two of the following three questions and respond in 3-4 pages for each question, typed, double spaced, MLA format, Times New Roman 12 point font. You are not required to do any outside research but of course you can use notes, your texts, course materials, etc. You may use any of the texts we’ve read this semester that fit the question. You must cite everything correctly and have a works cited page.
1. History. How did at least three of the works we read represent and/or respond to a historical event? Was this representation biased in any way? Did the work utilize this representation to make a larger point about a specific issue?
2. Dehumanization. (No surprise with this one.) How and why do at least three of the works we’ve read depict dehumanization of certain characters and groups. What role do these depictions and the theme itself play in each text? Do you think the author depicts the dehumanization to condemn it or it the author complicit with the dehumanization (meaning they “support” in a sense that dehumanization?
3. Violence. Pretty much every work contains some element of violence, even Lady Gregory. Choose three such works to discuss this theme. How and why is the depiction utilized? Does the work celebrate and justify the violence, condemn it or present it matter of factly or do something completely different?
Required Texts: Starred texts are available in the University Store but all texts are available as e-texts on the internet except for
Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass* also available as etext
Swift, Jonathan â€œA Modest Proposalâ€ (e-text)
Lady Gregory â€œRising of the Moonâ€ e-text
Flannery Oâ€™Connor â€œA Good Man is Hard to Findâ€ e-text
MacLaverty, Bernard. Cal*
Le Fanu, Sheridan. Carmilla* also available as etext
Crane, Stephen. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets* also available as e-text