Select three of the texts that we’ve read together in class. You may choose any three authors that you HAVE NOT written about in a previous essay to discuss in an argumentative essay.
Be sure to formulate an argumentative thesis that you support with those three texts. Do NOT propose a split and/or descriptive thesis. An example of a split/descriptive thesis would be “In Novel Without a Name, Quan loses his idealism and will to fight whereas Billy Pilgrim and Ishmael Beah never seem to have a clear sense of purpose.” This kind of statement is so sprawling and general that it does not indicate what specific argument you will be making. Rather, you might make a more focused argument such as “In Novel Without a Name, Slaughterhouse Five, and A Long Way Gone war is depicted as an unstoppable natural force, indicating the powerlessness combatants experience.”
Texts to use for paper:
- Beah, I. A Long Way Gone. 2007. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
(Print ISBN: 9780374531263)
- Duong, T. H. (1996). Novel Without a Name. Trans. Phan Huy Duong and Nina McPherson. 1996. New York: Penguin.
(Print ISBN: 9780140255102)
- Vonnegut, K. (1968). Slaughterhouse-Five. New York: 1968. Dell.
(Print ISBN: 9780440180296)