EN101H/ Fall 2008
Fifth Formal Essay Assignment
Wednesday, December 10
The Writer’s Voice: Can You Hear Me Now?
Over the past few weeks, as we have been coming closer to our final class (and
final essay), I’ve been struggling to come up with an assignment that will be both
interesting and provide a sense of closure to our exploration of the voice of the artist.
Hopefully, over the course of the last fifteen weeks, you have been able to begin
discovering your own unique voice and finding a place for it out there in the world.
got me thinking: just because you’ve found your voice, is anyone out there even
This country is an amalgamation of cultures, races, opinions, and, most
importantly, individual voices.
Unique or not, it is very easy to find yourself lost among
the millions of other voices vying to be noticed.
Since it is literally impossible for each
and every individual voice to be heard, our democratic system sustains the notion that we,
the people, must elect someone else to speak for us, both in our government and in the
So, every four years, we search for that voice –the one we believe is capable of
unifying all of our voices into one.
This past November, by one of the smallest margins
in history, that one voice was entrusted to President-Elect Barack Obama.
, your voice was one of the many chanting “Yes we can,” when the final
poll results came through.
Maybe you felt vindicated and believed that your voice was
However, maybe you were one of the many discouraged people who felt that the
wrong person was elected, and that your candidate, and your voice, were tossed aside.
What I’m giving you in this final essay assignment is a real chance for your voice