STEP ONE CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING PROMPTS INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPHS If you

Step one choose one of the following prompts

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Essentially, you’re just taking what you would use in a body paragraph and putting it into picture form, in this case comic strips. STEP ONE: CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING PROMPTS & INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPHS *If you don’t particularly like the intro paragraphs provided for you, you may use one of your own construction, provided it addresses everything it needs to address and does it well. Just delete the old one and rewrite it in the space provided. Directions : Highlight the prompt and introductory paragraph you’d like to use for this assignment. PROMPT: INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH: A bildungsroman, or coming-of-age novel, recounts the psychological or moral development of its protagonist from youth to maturity, when this character recognizes his or her place in the world. Select a single pivotal moment in the psychological or moral development of the protagonist of a bildungsroman. Then write a well-organized essay that analyzes how that single moment shapes the meaning of the work as a whole. Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man focuses around an unnamed narrator who, plagued by social injustice and inequality due to his race, struggles to craft a solid image of his own identity, resulting in him retreating into a “hole” where he can tell his story. The narrator’s conversation with Dr. Bledsoe before getting (unknowingly) expelled from college is a pivotal moment in the storytelling as he is first exposed to manipulation and cruelty involved in social gain. Such exposure first makes the narrator conscious of his own invisibility, underscoring the theme in the work that basic American prejudice, ignorance, and self-interest proves detrimental to the livelihood of many and ultimately contributes to the struggle for one to define their own identity. "And, after all, our surroundings influence our lives and characters as much as fate, destiny or any supernatural agency." Pauline Hopkins, Contending Forces Choose a novel or play in which cultural, physical, or geographical surroundings shape psychological or moral traits in a character. Then write a well-organized essay in which you analyze how surroundings affect this character and illuminate the meaning of the work as a whole. In Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man , the narrator moves from the deeply racist south to Harlem, New York, where he seems to encounter more friendly faces and those with a similar passion to overcome injustice. This part of his journey seemingly marks a considerable change in the attitudes and ideas to which he is exposed, until he comes to find that this new-found acceptance in Harlem is merely surface-level and that racism runs deep in the veins of the city just like in the South. This experience causes a considerable shift in the narrator’s psychological standing, as he ultimately comes to believe that the struggle against white power is
futile. In his 2004 novel Magic Seeds, V. S. Naipaul writes: “It is wrong to have an ideal view of the world. That’s where the mischief starts. That’s where everything starts unravelling.” Select a novel, play, or epic poem in which a character holds an “ideal view of the world.” Then write an essay in which you analyze the character’s idealism and its positive or negative consequences. Explain how the author’s portrayal of this idealism illuminates the meaning of the work as a whole.

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