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Unit #4 Prompt: The Late Twentieth Century American Short Story "The Veldt" and "August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains" "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and "Everything That Rises Must Converge" "Half and Half" and "Two Kinds" Rhetoric and Research Projects Option #1 With your reader as a member of the standard academic audience, make an eight-page rhetorical argument about what one author's pair of short stories reveals about America. Specifically, in both texts find one historical, social, cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, class, etc. issue dating from the late twentieth century. How does the author, via his/her two short stories, treat that major American issue? Narrow that issue—and your argument—as much as possible, and avoid summarizing the short stories. Instead, remember the Aristotelian appeals as you analyze specific elements (like dialogue, descriptions, characters, scenes, etc.) from the short story, and use at least twelve direct quotations from the literature to provide evidence. You will also need research to enhance your argument. In fact, bring in factual information (as befitting a research paper) about your selected issue, in order to discuss more fully both how your author treats the issue and how the issue existed or exists in America. Use at least one direct quotation each from at least six secondary materials. These sources should only be books or book chapters plus articles in scholarly journals, all of which must be obtained from the Purdue library's print catalog and/or online databases. Remember, though, that your own insights should far outweigh your quotations from sources, so don’t rely on your research as a crutch. In your conclusion demonstrate your thesis's significance. Perhaps you could formulate this as a call to action, advising that your reader walk away from your paper with a new way of thinking about your author, literature, social issue, America, etc. After completing your paper, write a two-page, honest reflection essay to review your writing.
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2012 for the course ENGL 106 taught by Professor Ceyhan during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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