Essay 1 is a comparative essay of at least 750 words, not including works cited page. You will choose from one of three prompts listed below and fully address all aspects of that prompt. Follow the formatting guidelines for all our essays and papers in this course. Any quotes or paraphrased content from the readings (or outside research, if you choose to use it), must be properly cited in text and in a reference list at the end of your document.
- Compare King’s essay to Alexie’s essay. In what ways are they similar? Consider tone, topic, structure, theme, or thesis statement as potential places where they are similar. Are there points of comparison between their author motivations, or the ways they pursue their goals, or their feelings about pursuing them?
- Compare and contrast Defoe’s and Woolf’s arguments and assumptions about women. How are their arguments similar? How are they different? Consider, as you compare their arguments, how they use the elements of writing (tone, structure, theme, point of view) to make their point.
- Compare and contrast how authors Mukherjee and Tan describe the immigrant-in-America experience. Consider how the tone, descriptions, and unique perspectives contribute to a reader’s understanding of the broader picture of an immigrant experience.