Essay 3 is worth 25 percent of your final grade. It should serve as a vehicle for analyzing a text/texts covered in the term. The essay (approximately in length) will require you to demonstrate your ability 1) to summarize, analyze, synthesize and/or evaluate (SASE) the PRIMARY text(s), not only at the what-level, but also at the how- and why-levels; 2) to conduct research and summarise, analyze, synthesize, and/or evaluate (SASE) ideas from at least THREE secondary sources compiled from the LIBRARY DATABASES; 3) cite the primary/secondary sources both in-text and in a Works Cited list in adherence to MLA STYLE; 4) to express your findings using clear, concise, grammatically accurate writing; and 5) to implement the various elements and formatting rules of the research-supported analytical essay.

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Write a 1,500-word analytical essay that examines:

1Eliot’s use of fragmentation in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”.
2Plath’s “Lady Lazarus” through a Feminist lens.
3Hughes’ appraisal of the American Dream in “Let America Be America Again”.
4the role(s) of nature in “David”.
5the importance of place in “The Moose”.
6Angelou’s use of symbolism in “Caged Bird”.
7the association(s) between “Howl” and jazz music.
8the linkage(s) between any two (or more) of the aforementioned poems.
9Downie’s examination of inclusion/exclusion in Secret Path.
10O’Neill’s assessment of classism in The Hairy Ape.
11the function(s) of voice in The Hairy Ape.
12the conflict between realism and idealism in Death of a Salesman.
13Death of a Salesman through the lens of Existentialism.
14the affiliation between The Journals of Susanna Moodie and Roughing It in the Bush.
15the implication(s) of duality in three (or more) poems in The Journals of Susanna Moodie.
16a topic of your own devising. (Note that you must submit the topic for approval.)

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