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Write an analytical essay that considers in detail one of these accusations against roth and his book.

Philip Roth’s American Pastoral has been criticized from at least three points of view:
(1) It has been called sexist in its portrayal of women characters.
(2) It has been called racist in its depiction of the 1967 Newark riots and aftermath.
(3) It has been called a trivialization of the 1960s protest movement against the Vietnam War.
Write an analytical essay that considers in detail one of these accusations against Roth and his book.
You can find American Pastoral guilty, partially guilty, or innocent of the accusation you choose. If
you consider the accusation inaccurate or unfair, you should at least indicate that you understand why
someone might make the accusation before you then go on to dispute it.
With #2 and #3 above, you will probably want to do some research to see what you can learn about the
Newark riots or the protest movement of the 60s. You should document with citations any use that you
make of outside sources. But you are not being asked to write a research paper. Your argument is
about the novel, and your main evidence for that argument should be textual evidence in the novel itself.
Here is an extra piece of advice I keep forgetting to give you. Do not title your essay “Paper 3.” Use
an actual title, one that suggests your topic and approach.

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Not 100% sure of the length and assignment yet.

not 100% sure of the length and assignment yet. I wanted to see if anyone out here is very familiar in writing about Macbeth.

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What is rest?

In response to one of the prompts below, write an organized, well-developed essay with a thesis, an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion that supports its claim with specific material cited from the text. All internal citations, plus a works cited page, should be made according to MLA standards (shown below).
Example: When Beowulf questions Hrothgar about the attack by Grendel’s mother, Hrothgar replies, “Rest? What is rest? Sorrow has returned” (1322).
Without exception, the paper must include the following:
Thesis Statement – You must make an identifiable, arguable claim about the text. Your thesis should come at the end of your introductory paragraph.
Textual Evidence – Each point made should be supported directly by relevant quoted or paraphrased material from the primary text. Do not consult secondary sources.
The essay must be three to five (3-5) pages in length and is due in class on November 22.
Belwouf is the only source you need to use and use in text cite

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Provide a clearly-labelled working thesis statement.

List the author name(s) and literary work(s) you plan to write about.
Provide a research question. This is the question you most want to answer as you proceed in your research project. (Example Research Questions: What is Homer saying in The Iliad and The Odyssey about suffering and loss during war, and even after? What do Homer’s works collectively suggest about the role of women in that time period?)
Provide a clearly-labelled working thesis statement. This should be a one-sentence declarative statement that clearly announces the purpose/intent of your eventual paper- what is it out to prove in its argument? You might think of this working thesis statement as a possible answer to your research question. (Example Working Thesis Statement: Homer employs harmful gender stereotypes in his depiction of women in both The Iliad and The Odyssey.)
Write a proposal paragraph in which you explain why you are interested in this literature, what led you to this topic, what you hope to learn as you proceed in your research, and any possible challenges or concerns you might face as you work on this project.

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Have these representations simply doubled down on ableist norms and assumptions?

This week, we turn our attention to Fantasy and Disability (Disability Studies is one of my areas of specialization!). My original plan for this week was to assign just the first episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show. But then I learned AHS has left Netflix for Hulu, and I didn’t feel I could require a Hulu subscription. If you have one, do please feel free to watch S4E1. But if you don’t, the trailer itself will suffice, I think, to give a sense of how the show is using/treating disability. I think the Bitch Media article does a pretty good job establishing the broad strokes of the show, too.
Here are the Tavern prompts for this week. Please answer:
1. How has horror traditionally upheld ableist norms and assumptions? What about Tim Burton’s and Stephen King’s use of horror avoids these pitfalls, according to Melinda Hall? That is, how, according to Hall, might we think of Burton’s and King’s work as liberating/progressive when it comes to disability representation? What’s her argument there?
2. Where have you seen “freak” or “monstrosity” representations at work in contemporary media? Where have these representations intersected with disability–and how? Have these representations simply doubled down on ableist norms and assumptions? Or have you perhaps come across representations that seem more liberating/progressive when it comes to disability representations? Expound!
https://dsq-sds.org/article/view/3258/4205 – Melinda Hall (Horror question 1)
*******No in-text citation or reference page. USE YOUR OWN THOUGHTS AND WORDS****

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What might the author want to reader to understand/think about/do? c.

This assignment asks you to decide on 2 texts (which can be an article, pop culture artifact, OR a video clip of 5 -10 minutes each) that will be the focus of your entire essay. They must be texts that make compelling and powerful arguments about the topic/issue you have chosen AND they must be written by individuals who may identify differently from you (keep in mind that these differences in identity can encompass various aspects of peoples lives and that identity is not solely about race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation). Once you have definitively chosen your text, you must answer the questions below (a minimum of 3 sentences per response).
Topic
What is the issue/topic you are interested in exploring and why does this topic interest
you?
Text #1
1. Provide general information on the text you have chosen with the following:
a. Provide the link to the text (no sentence needed for this response, just the link)
b. Summarize what the text is about in your own words.
c. Describe the author’s main argument.
2. Provide information on the purpose of the text:
a. Why did the author write this text?
b. What might the author want to reader to understand/think about/do?
c. How would you describe the overall purpose of the text?
3. How does the argument made in this text challenge a dangerous single story that exists about this issue?
Text #2
1. Provide general information on the text you have chosen with the following:
a. Provide the link to the text (no sentence needed for this response, just the link)
b. Summarize what the text is about in your own words.
c. Describe the author’s main argument.
2. Provide information on the purpose of the text:
a. Why did the author write this text?
b. What might the author want to reader to understand/think about/do?
c. How would you describe the overall purpose of the text?
3. How does the argument made in this text challenge a dangerous single story that exists about this issue?
Reflection
What are your thoughts on these two texts? Was there anything unexpected or
anything new that you may not have considered regarding this issue before having
encountered these texts?

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Consider characters, settings, plots, events, levels of violence, symbolism, etc. as you compare and contrast the story versions.

I will link the reading below and the movie can be watched on myflixer.to This just needs to be about 2 paragraphs 12 sentences each.
“Read the 1812 version of “Rapunzel” written by the Grimm Brothers and found in the 2011 book titled Folk & Fairy Tales edited by Martin Hallett and Barbara Karasek and published by Broadview Press. Then view the 2010 Disney movie titled Tangled through SWANK (If you have trouble accessing the film, refer to the SWANK GuidelinesLinks to an external site.) Write a multi-paragraph analysis, comparing and contrasting the similarities and differences in the two story versions. Consider characters, settings, plots, events, levels of violence, symbolism, etc. as you compare and contrast the story versions. Remember to properly cite source ideas within the text of your writing as well as in a work cited.”

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Poet and critic naomi long madgett has argued that images of light and dark and the ambiguity of the last two lines suggest that this poem is not as accepting of western culture as it may seem on a first reading.

For your initial post, respond to TWO of the three prompts below. Initial posts are due by Thursday at 11:59pm. This first post should be at least 350 words. Then, respond to at least TWO of your group members by Saturday at 11:59pm and then a final follow-up post by Sunday at 11:59pm. Your replies should seek to extend, complicate, support or question the ideas and perspectives offered by your peers. Remember to use this space constructively as a way of deepening the conversation and understanding the material in different ways.
1) Thomas Jefferson rather brusquely dismisses the merits of Wheatley’s poetry. What reasons does he give and why do you think Jefferson felt compelled to denounce Wheatley? How does Wheatley complicate the calls he makes for emancipating all slaves elsewhere in his work?
2) Read “On Being Brought from Africa to America” as an example of dual cultural identity. Poet and critic Naomi Long Madgett has argued that images of light and dark and the ambiguity of the last two lines suggest that this poem is not as accepting of Western culture as it may seem on a first reading. Do you agree? Why or why not?
3)We have looked at some political documents by Paine, Franklin and now Jefferson. What about Freneau’s poems on the charged political topics of slavery (“To Sir Toby”) and Indian Removal (“The Indian Burying Ground”) falls outside the bounds of the founders’ purview? What do these poems perhaps give us that political documents cannot?

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-use the evaluating internet resources (links to an external site.)to make sure sources are credible, accurate, objective and current (as needed).

I WILL LINK EXTERNNAL SITES BELOW
“If you include research that is not found within the NOVA Online Library system, you will need to evaluate such resources for credibility (Links to an external site.)accuracy, and objectivity and you will need to compose the source citations using MLA 8 Source Citation rules. (Links to an external site.)
Email yourself each resource along with each source citation for MLA 8 so you will have that information for your bibliography and for your research project.
-Concentrate on finding articles, book chapters, web pages, resources, etc. that you can actually read and comprehend. Articles need to be substantial as well as reliable, so do not include any article in your bibliography that is briefer than 2 full print pages or 4 screens. The goal is to gather a range of ideas and opinions, so do not include more than two articles by the same person, or more than two articles from the same source.
-Focus your research on your tentative thesis ideas to begin with, allowing what your research tells you to guide you in your research.
-Use the Evaluating Internet Resources (Links to an external site.)to make sure sources are credible, accurate, objective and current (as needed).
– Prepare an Annotated Bibliography of the resources you find. Print out this sample Annotated Bibliography (Links to an external site.) so you can keep the directions handy while you do your research.
– Each entry needs to be about 100-150 words in length. You annotated bibliography should include 3 elements: the MLA 8 source citation, an annotation (summary) of the source content, and a thoughtful evaluation. (NOTE: Do not include items in your annotated bibliography that offer no value to your research project.)
– Review the THREE elements needed for each source in an Annotated Bibliography:
Source Citation: MLA 8 Source Citation Rules (Links to an external site.)
An annotation: This should be enough of a description of the source (written in your own words) to tell your reader what the source is about and to briefly mention the main ideas and major supporting examples.
NOTE: Select only useful articles and resources for your project.
An evaluation: This should include your evaluation of the source information and how it relates to your research.
CONSIDER: What do you know about the author or the website sponsor? Where does this information lead you? What additional questions do you have now about the information in the source? How does this information affect the direction of your research? Are you satisfied with what you now know about this aspect of your topic? Explain your reason for selecting the source for your research project bibliography? How will the source be useful for your research report? Does it confirm or contradict your ideas about the topic so far? Does it contain statistics that you will use? And so on.
Alphabetize your list of sources by the first word of the source citation. Usually that word is the last name of the author or editor. If a source/article does not have an author or editor, alphabetize it under the first word of the title (ignore articles “a, “an,” or “the” when you alphabetize).
If you have selected your topic wisely, and located relevant, reliable sources, you should now have a beginning bibliography for your research project, or you may now know that your original idea will not work easily as a research project and you will need to turn to another topic. As you develop your ideas for your project, you may find that you need more sources on particular issues. Add these to your bibliography as you locate them; some of them will become part of your final list of works cited.
NOTE: Research is time-consuming, but if you do a good job here, the rest of the research project will be much easier to complete. If, after you do your best, you are not able to find quality resources for your research, reach out to your instructor for guidance and direction.
Submit your completed annotated bibliography.
Your completed Annotated Bibliography should have 10 source entries. ”
SITES:
Evaluating internet resources: https://library.georgetown.edu/tutorials/research-guides/evaluating-internet-content
Annotated Bibliography: https://irsc.libguides.com/mla/annotatedbibliography
MLA 8 Source Citatiion Rules: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_formatting_and_style_guide.html

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El mozote massacre in el salvador (mention in the school of the americas documentary)

Here is your second research assignment.
As always, you will fill out the research/annotated bibliography form located in the Research Guidelines.
CHOOSE ONE TOPIC And find out TWO sources for it (fill out two annotated bibliographies).
The topics for Research #2 are:
El Mozote Massacre in El Salvador (mention in the School of the Americas documentary)
The 1989 Massacre Of Jesuits In El Salvador (mention in the School of the Americas documentary)
The Banana Massacre in Colombia (Please note that the Banana Masacre is related to the United Fruit Company, a U.S. corporation (operating today as Chiquita Banana, so pay attention to the information about their involvement).
Any questions, please let me know.