In this essay, you will compare and contrast how two or three authors from our readings this semester interpret, approach, employ, argue with, or otherwise work with some important theme we have been discussing. Your thesis statement should describe a specific idea or assertion that the two or three texts seem to hold or make about a particular theme, issue, or concern. In other words, what do the authors seem to be saying about the concern, issue, or theme you have chosen to take up?
Once you articulate that specific idea, you will need to analyze how the authors design their texts to arrive at a specific understanding of that theme, idea, concern, or issue. You should pay attention to the details of the plot, the development of character, the use of dialogue, the point of view of the narrator(s), the structure (or organization) of the story or narrative, important symbols or imagery, the author’s writing style, word choice (diction), the arrangement of words (syntax), and any other details that seem to you to be significant (the use of dialect, for example). The bulk of your analysis should be devoted to explaining how the author uses these elements to construct that specific understanding of their theme, idea, concern, or issue you are discussing. Think in terms of what kind of perspective you think the text gives us on your topic, or how it directs our attention, feelings, or opinions as we read.
You should include specific details (paraphrase, summary, and direct quotation) from the text or texts as evidence for your claims. Use in-text citations when you do, and include a works cited page at the end of your essay. In-text citations and the works cited page should be in MLA format. While you should feel free to bring in information from outside sources, you are not required to conduct any additional research for this essay.
The essay should have a clear thesis stated in a short introductory paragraph (3-4 sentences), body paragraphs that clearly relate to and support that thesis, and a conclusion that does not simply repeat your thesis. Please use a standard font, 12-point script, and 1" margins. Include your name, the course name, number, and section number somewhere at the top of the first page. Do not include a separate title page. Please number your pages.
The essay has to show a clear understanding of the assignment; takes a position that is both valid and perceptive or original, authenticating it through personal experiences and/or well-chosen specifics from outside sources; maintains logical consistency so that there are no contradictory or mutually exclusive statements.
The two authors that i have decided to compare and contrast are Elaudah Equiano and Phillis Wheatly.
The readings and sources are Elaudah Equiano`s Autibiography and Phillis Wheatley Poems “On Being Brought from African to America,” “To the Right HonourableWilliam, Earl of Dartmouth…,” “To the University of Cambridge, in New England,” “To S.M., a Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works,” “To His Excellency General Washington”)
Name Course Instructor Date Compare and contrast two authors from some readings Introduction Olaudah Equiano and Phillis Wheatley are creative writers who bring out the best in a generation. As former slaves, they are essential to the issues surrounding slavery, its effects and impact on the modern global order. Their works share similar themes within them. In the paper we shall examine Olaudah Equiano`s Autobiography and some poems by Phillis Wheatley. These poems include: On Being Brought from African to America,â€ â€œTo the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth,â€ â€œTo the University of Cambridge, in New England,â€ â€œTo S.M., a Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works,â€ and finally â€œTo His Excellency General Washington.â€ The paper shall evaluate some themes that are common in the works of both writers. These include slavery, faith, betrayal, etc. All these themes can be found within liberty (or freedom) and separation as thematic styles. The paper will evaluate the themes in both works and determine where it manifests. Separation as a theme is seen in Equianoâ€™s life from the beginning of his autobiographical narration. He is born