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    Write a critical analysis of one of the works from weeks 3 or 4. Write a critical analysis of one of the works below in BOLD. Write a 750-950 word essay on one of the following topics. Aim for a 5-paragraph essay structure ( introduction with thesis, three or more body paragraphs, and a conclusion). The word count does not include the Works Cited page or formatting. (In this version, you would choose to discuss 3 key symbols present in one of the works, discuss how those symbols contribute to a theme, and perhaps even discuss why the author chose those symbols based on his own personal experiences.)

    Stephen Crane: The Open Boat
    Jack London: To Build a Fire
    Sarah O. Jewett: A White Heron
    Willa Cather, Paul's Case

    •Compare and contrast J. Alfred Prufrock and Nick (Big Two-Hearted River: Part I and Part II). How are these men alike, different, and representative of the "Modern" man? (This one is pretty straight-forward.)

    •Which author this week seems most representative of the Modern viewpoint as you understand it? Explain. Some research on Modernism might be required here! Be sure to identify at least 3 'reasons' or points to explore in the body of your paper. You might examine 3 qualities of Modernism and discuss how those qualities appear in the poetry of ee cummings, for example. (In this version, you would start your body paragraphs with a description of modernism. Then you would pull several examples from your chosen text to prove how that work falls under modernism.)

    Ernest Hemingway: Big Two-Hearted River: Part I and Part II
    ee cummings: I carry your heart with me ( I carry it in my heart)
    ee cummings: Buffalo Bill's defunct
    ee cummings: In just spring
    T. S. Eliot: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
    TS Eliot: The Hollow Men

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    This assignment seems to be asking you to choose one of the topics suggested and to write a five-paragraph essay about that topic. The parenthetical note suggests that the best choice would be a comparison of the protagonist of Ernest Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River: Part I and Part II" with that of T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." The assignment sheet also seems to suggest that the focus of the course, or at least this segment of the course, is modernism, and thus that you should emphasize how both these characters are examples of literary modernism.

    Your introduction should argue that although the two works differ in style, genre, and point of view, both are responses to the modernist situation and both differ in similar ways from pre-modernist literary works. You should mention that both writers seem themselves as rebelling against the diffuse quality of Victorian writing and what they consider the almost smug and positivistic certainties of their predecessors. Both authors are working in a world in which the simplicity and certainty of Newtonian physics had been replaced by the uncertainties and complexities of relativity, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics. Rather than both writers being assured of a meaningful world created by God with a fixed place for humanity within it. both writers exist against an intellectual background framed by Marx, Darwin and Freud, in which mechanical and unseen forces of evolution, economics, and the subconscious shape our lives. The universal ...

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    This answer compares and contrasts Nick from Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River" with T. S. Eliot's Prufrock in light of literary modernism.