ENG 125 Week 5 Final Paper

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The paper should be organized around your thesis (argument), which is the main point of the entire essay. When

developing a thesis for a comparative paper, consider how a comparison of the works provides deeper insight into the topic of your paper (i.e., think about why you have chosen to look at these particular works in relation to one another). In your analysis, consider the relationships among the following elements:

 Content
 Form (e.g., short story vs. poem)  Style

Assignment Requirements

  1. Topic: Must address one of the topics in the guidelines
  2. Length: Your draft should be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (excluding title and reference page)
  3. Sources: Utilize at least six scholarly sources to support your thesis (including the course text and at least two

    sources from the Ashford Online Library).

  4. APA: Your draft must be formatted to APA style.
    1. Separate Title Page: Must include an original title
    2. Separate Reference Page
    3. Proper Citations: All sources must be properly cited, both within the text and in a separate reference

      page.

  5. Elements of Academic Writing: All academic papers should include these elements.
    1. Introduction with a thesis statement
    2. Supporting paragraphs
    3. Conclusion

Themes & Corresponding Works

Choose only two of the works within your selected theme.

  1. Race / Ethnicity

     Country Lovers (Gordimer)
     The Welcome Table (Walker)
     What It’s Like to Be a Black Girl (Smith)  Child of the Americas (Morales)

  2. Gender Roles / Marriage
  3.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Thurber) TheStoryofanHour(Chopin)

     The Necklace (de Mauppassant)
     The Proposal (Chekhov)

     Country Lovers (Gordimer)

    1. Creativity / The Creative Process  Poetry(Neruda)

       Constantly Risking Absurdity (Ferlinghetti) You, Reader (Collins)

    2. Death and Impermanence
       Dog’s Death (Updike)

       I Used to Live Here Once (Rhys)
       A Father’s Story (Dubus)
       Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night(Thomas)  Nothing Gold Can Stay (Frost)
       In Memoriam (Tennyson)
       Because I Could Not Stop for Death(Dickinson)

    5. Nature
     Wild Geese (Oliver)

     Dover Beach (Arnold)
     The Oak (Tennyson)
     The Road Not Taken (Frost)

    6. Symbolism of the Journey
     The Road Not Taken (Frost)

     A Worn Path (Welty)
     I Used to Live Here Once (Rhys)

Description

ENG 125 Week 5 Final Paper,

The short stories “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty and “Used to Live Here “Once” by Jean Rhys. In both writings the authors used people, places and things to symbolize something extra, expanding the stories into more than just what is read.  I chose these stories because they both consist of strong symbolic references to life.  Each story was written in a third-person point of view and consisted of a journey made by the main characters, which in both cases happened to be a black woman.  Although in one story the character was already dead and in the other, fighting death, there are many similarities between the stories told. Both carry the theme, symbolism of a journey made by the main characters, which in both cases happened to be a black woman.  Although in one story the character was already dead and in the other, fighting death, there are many similarities between the stories told.

In A Worn Path, Phoenix Jackson is an elderly woman that encroaches on what appears to be a physically demanding trek through the forest.  Already, the symbolism begins with the name of the woman.  A phoenix is a mythical Egyptian bird symbolizing immortality and resurrection that rises from its own ashes and creates another phoenix (N. Isaacs, 1963), away, the reader is made aware that Phoenix’s character is a fighter.  It becomes more apparent throughout the story symbolizing the perseverance of life.

The elderly women willpower was so strong she refuses to give in to death because she knew what she had to do so her grandson could live a long her journey, she reaches a hill and she says, “Something always take a hold of me on this hill– pleads I should stay,” (Journey Into Literature, R.W. Clugston, 2010).  I believe it is suggested at this point that she questions her strength to press on, not only against the hill but also against death.  Her decision to accept this challenge shows her strength and determination live on her journey, she at Her judgment to accept this challenge shows her power and willpower to live on.

 

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