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Unformatted text preview: HIST 2002 First paper assignment: “A Gentle Spirit”. Due Date: Sept. 25 th , in class Please review late and hard-copy policies outlined in the syllabus. Write a three-four page paper, printed, double-spaced, on one of the following topics: NOTE: PLEASE INDICATE THE TOPIC NUMBER IN THE HEADING OF YOUR PAPER. Topic One: How does “A Gentle Spirit” exemplify the theme of the “Superfluous Man” (or Woman) in Russian literature? Topic Two: How does “A Gentle Spirit” exemplify Dostoevsky’s skepticism of the “Enlightenment” notion that human beings act rationally in pursuit of their own best interest? What does he suggest instead? Topic Three: How does “A Gentle Spirit” depict the condition and status of impoverished, young women in Russian urban society? Does Dostoevsky offer them (or anyone else, for that matter) hope for a better life? Topic Four: How and why does “A Gentle Spirit” turn the Cinderella story on its head? Is there a happily ever-after? Why or why not?Topic Four: How and why does “A Gentle Spirit” turn the Cinderella story on its head?...
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