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Assignment: Choose one of the 20th-century novels below as the primary topic of your 1000-word essay. Your essay must include an introduction, thesis statement, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. It needs to have a clear argument that is your own which is made clear in your thesis and supported throughout the text. I have listed a number of questions to consider, but do not feel as though you must reply to every question. Your purpose in this assignment is to analyze the text in regards to gender (option 1), existentialism (option 2), and war (option 3).

Option 1: Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)

Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (Synopsis according to Goodreads.com): Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person — no mean feat for a black woman in the ’30s. Janie’s quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots.

Directions: Read Hurston?s book in consideration of gender, considering the following questions: What does this novel say about the typical gender roles and stereotypes of 1930s America? How does Janie conform to and/or violate these traditional gender boundaries? What element does race play in Janie?s life, and is that separate from those influences of gender stereotypes? To what extent does Janie acquire her own voice and the ability to shape her own life? How are the two related? Do you think Janie?s character would translate well into the 21st-century? Why/why not?

Option 2: Albert Camus, The S Download Option 2: Albert Camus, The Stranger (1942) Download (1942) download

Camus, The Stranger (Synopsis according to Goodreads.com): The Stranger is a tent-pole of existentialism, a philosophy that stresses the importance of humanity in the face of God’s supposed absence. Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.”

Directions: Discuss the novel as it relates to existentialism and colonialism. Define existentialism and explain its place within the novel, and decide if you think this colonial setting is directly related to the existentialism or absurdism in which the novel is often contextualized. Does this existentialism (or absurdism?you can articulate if you think these are different), in your opinion, relate to the protagonist, a Frenchman living in colonized Algiers? What does it mean that the man that Meursault murders is not named, and simply called ?The Arab?? Do you think the titular Stranger is the Arab, or Meursault?

Option 3: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death (1972)

Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five (Synopsis according to Goodreads.com): Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time, Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.

Directions: Examine Vonnegut?s novel in its depiction of and antipathy towards warfare, considering the following questions: Which characters in the book glorify war? How does the narrator represent these characters? Why does Slaughterhouse-Five avoid any direct representations of the battlefield? Is this an effective way to depict war? Should a book about World War II focus so much on people who are not fighting? In your opinion, is there a ?hero? of this book? Do you think Vonnegut was effective in making this an “anti-war” novel?

Be sure to support your claims with discussions of the plot, and be sure to refer specifically to the primary text (with no less than 8 citations). You are also required to use at least two outside ACADEMIC sources for this paper (with no less than 6 citations total). Your sources must come from the library resources (books or databases) or other college-level, scholarly works. In general, no websites may be used unless I have approved the source in advance. Reference material (dictionaries, encyclopedias) cannot be used as your academic sources. I am here to assist you if you cannot locate appropriate sources. There are writing tips and information on how to use Chipola?s library databases in the Writing Requirements Module on Canvas.

Preceding your essay, you must provide an outline of your essay. Refer to the Writing Requirements for details regarding each section of your essay. You may find this easier to write after your first draft is complete, or you may find that you need to change your original outline after your first draft is written. This outline, which should include your thesis statement, shows that you’ve carefully considered the organization of your essay and where you will use your scholarly sources. Use the provided template, linked here. Download . Use the provided template, linked here.

Total word minimum: 1000 words

Grading criteria: To receive the full possible points, papers must:

meet the word minimum.
be on topic.
be written thoughtfully and carefully crafted.
be your own original analysis.
provide details examples and references to the primary text(s).
incorporate appropriately cited scholarly research to support your own ideas.
be formatted correctly, including outline and works cited page.

Well-written essays enable a reader to understand the writer’s intended meaning. Effective writing is focused on the topic; has an organizational pattern (“arrangement of argument”) that enables the reader to follow the flow of ideas; contains supporting ideas developed through the use of details, examples, source references, and vivid language; includes a variety of sentence structures; and follows the grammatical conventions of punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and standard American English.

Be sure to cite any outside sources you use (including the textbook) using Times New Roman 12-point font, MLA formatting, and including page numbers. Make sure that your work includes BOTH in-text citations and a Works Cited page. Please see the Important Course Documents Module for a guide to using the databases and general tips for writing.

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