You may choose one of the following prompts:
1. The story “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” taken from Sherman Alexie’s book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, is the basis for the 1998 movie Smoke Signals. Write a paper that compares and/or contrasts the short story and the movie, paying particular attention to characterization, setting, and theme.
2. Compare and/or contrast “A Rose for Emily” and “The Yellow Wallpaper” and make an argument about the relationship between physical confinement and psychological confinement. [Your essay should carefully evaluate setting (physical confinement) and characterization (psychological confinement).]
3. Compare and/or contrast Dee in “Everyday Use” and Hulga in “Good Country People” as characters whose intellectual/educational superiority unsettles those around them.
4. Explain the purpose of “The Lottery” and compare/contrast that purpose and its worth/value with ONE other ritual, contemporary or historical. Although this essay makes use of only one text, you must still evaluate its use of setting and characterization.
Again, Unit 2 will cover, in detail, how to write a comparison/contrast essay. In brief, “an essay in comparison and contrast shows how two works are similar to and different from each other” (Abcarian and Klotz 57).
For this particular essay, you must demonstrate your understanding of characterization, setting, and/or theme, which we will also cover in this unit.
Your essay should be between 750-1000 words and adhere to MLA formatting. It needs to quote directly from your chosen text(s) for support, but it should not use any secondary research.
Keep in mind that the comparison/contrast essay should not just summarize the story or stories, nor should it just state how two things are alike and/or different: the essay should move beyond that and also present an original opinion or argument based on those similarities/differences, as you see them.
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