Instructions: After reading A Streetcar Named Desire and viewing clips of the film starring Marlon Brando and Vivian Leigh, you will create a PowerPoint presentation that promotes a new live-action film version of the play. You will select one famous individual (the individual does not have to be an actor or actress) that is currently living to play the role of the following characters in the play:
1) Stanley Kowalski, 2) Stella Kowalski, 3) Blanche DuBois, 4) Harold Mitchell, 5) Eunice Hull, and 6) Steve Hull.
Your PowerPoint must contain the following:
A title slide that contains a picture of the play’s original setting, a catchy title for the presentation, your name, instructor, class, and date.
6 content slides (one for each character mentioned above)
Each slide should contain:
A. Three properly cited quotes from play that accurately describe the character.
B. An image of the living individual that will play the role of the character in the new film.
C. Any image taken/used from other sources will need to be cited in MLA format on a Works Cited slide at the end of the presentation.
Note: The image can be used as the background of the slide or as an image inserted on the slide. In either case, make sure the information on the slide is clearly visible and easy to read. Always have contrasting text (light text on dark backgrounds or dark text on light backgrounds).
D. A brief (2-3 sentences) explanation of why the selected individual would best portray the character in the fil
3. Proper grammar and organization.
This is the place for personal navigation: Here, you may make observations about what “speaks” to you and why. You may even choose to reflect upon your growing ability to identify mythic motifs or archetypes in books, films, and pop culture outside of class. Journal entries should have a minimum of 500 words. Avoid merely retelling what occurs in the readings. I want your observations, connections, and analysis.
Read:The Mountain of The Lotus and the Fan and Yosoji and the Goddess Fuji
Attached are screenshots of the necessary reading
Here are the questions and topics. Choose three topics to respond to on any three
out of the four readings.
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
“Winter Dreams” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin
Your answers should be a minimum of three paragraphs per answer as this is not a test, but a writing
assignment. You should have a total of nine paragraphs minimum. You can write more of course.
1. Write about the theme of time as it is presented in Thornton Wilder’s play, Our
2. Describe at least two larger views of Grover’s Corners, historical, social,
political or cosmic, that enlarge our sense of the life lead in this small town.
3. Write about Emily’s realization about life that she experiences when looking
back at one day in her young life.
4. Discuss at least three features of small town American life depicted in
Wilder’s play, Our Town.
5. Explain the two opposing views of the role of the individual in society
expressed by Joe Keller and his son, Chris in Miller’s play: i.e., Joe’s
“business as usual” ethics, and Chris’s “man for man” idealism.
6. How does Joe Keller attempt to justify his wrongdoing in All My Sons?
7. Discuss the conflict between taking care of the family and doing the right
thing, that is dramatized in Miller’s play. What does Joe mean when he says
that “Nothing is bigger than family”? What does Kate mean when she says
that Chris thinks there is.
8. Examine Fitzgerald’s theme of illusion and disillusion in his story, “Winter
9. What does Judy Jones represent and mean to Dexter Greene? What does
Irene Scheerer represent?
10. What is meant by the phrase repeated in the finale of “Winter Dreams”, ” Now
that thing is gone, that thing is gone”?
11. Discuss the role of music as a redemptive force in James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s
Blues”. Provide specific examples.
12. Provide two examples of the use of the light, dark motif in “Sonny’s Blues”.
What do these passages suggest? What is the underlying meaning of the
13. How is the relationship between Sonny and his older brother tested, and how
are they brought together at the end of the story?
14. In what ways does the story touch on the theme of human suffering? Discuss
at least two ways.
Please respond to this question using at least 300 words. You should use two short, direct quotes from the reading to substantiate your answers.
In The Soul of a Landlord, Gold makes references to the religious beliefs of Jewish families and their impact on life in the Lower East Side of New York. For the Jewish community, how do former life experiences and accompanying beliefs inform present decision making? When answering this question, please keep in mind the devastation of the Great Depression.
Directions: Answer the questions below as fully as possible. Be sure to cite specific evidence from the text to substantiate your responses. Each answer should be at least 250 words.
1) Compare Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald to The Promise by John Steinbeck. What are the reasons for the stylistic change in prose? How does the Realism movement serve as a foundation for Steinbeck.
2) Give a Marxist interpretation of The Soul of a Landlord.
3) In Wallace Thurman’s Nephews of Uncle Remus, he gives a pointed critique to the writing of Zola Neale Hurston. Examine Sweat through this lens. Do you agree with Thurman’s viewpoint? Why or why not?
4) In Karintha, the title character is constantly judged. This judgment comes from males in her community. Does this watching and judgment shape the Karintha’s life? Be sure to address both the prose and song components of this work.
1. In a Microsoft Word or PDF-compatible document, type your rough draft.
2. You should use your outline to help you compose this first draft.
3. Format the essay following MLA guidelines and remember to include in-text citations
4. Submit the first four paragraphs of your essay: introduction, historical background, first author paragraph, and second author paragraph only.
Essay Topic #4 – Loneliness/Mental Health
The writings of early to modern American authors illustrate the concept of loneliness and its impact on mental health in America. From analyses and interpretations of their writings and from research, discuss what T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, and Charlotte Perkin Gilman communicate about loneliness and mental health in America. Be specific to the readings in the textbook, and provide examples from those readings.
T.S. Eliot Poems
William Faulkner Poems
Charlotte Perkin Gilman Poems
Please read the instructions CAREFULLY and include as many examples as needed to tie in the themes of loneliness and mental health to the respective poems. Please also follow the rubric very carefully.
Critical Paper: Assignment Sheet
For this Critical Paper assignment, we will focus on the literary movement we explored in Unit 1, which is
Here is your paper topic/prompt:
Using 3 Romantic texts by at least 2 different authors, explain how some important, specific Romantic
characteristics are expressed in each text. Make sure you state clearly which specific Romantic
characteristics—from the list below—you are using in the essay. Overall, which text is the best
representation of Romanticism and why?
Common Characteristics of Romanticism
[Many texts] [f]ocused on the importance of the individual.
Nature was celebrated in works.
Many people during this time called for change (with women’s rights, for example).
Political philosophers continued to focus on the inherent positive features of man.
Imagination was celebrated.
Works began to feature “Regular Joes” in society.
Children were the primary focus of some texts.
Supernatural elements were featured/celebrated in works.
Folklore was often included.
Additional paper guidelines:
The final draft of this paper must contain 700-900 words.
The paper must be written in MLA format (with double-spacing, 12-point Arial font, a creative essay
title, a works cited page, etc.).
The paper must feature well-chosen quotations from the texts to support the claims made in the
While creating your essay, you may consult the module in eLearn Content titled “How to Quote and
Cite Sources,” which provides MLA guidelines for quoting and citing from the texts.
Place your 1-sentence argumentative thesis statement at the end of the introductory paragraph.
According to the paper prompt, you must use “3 Romantic texts by at least 2 different authors,” but
these Romantic texts/authors must come from the following list of works that we have actually
covered in class:
o By Edgar Allan Poe: “The Oval Portrait,” “The Purloined Letter”
o By Walt Whitman: Song of Myself selected poems: #1, #5, #6, #52
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d #6, #15
Note: We will consider each separate Whitman poem to be 1 text. For example, Song of
Myself Poem #1 is considered 1 text; Song of Myself Poem #5 is viewed as a separate
text. Similarly, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d Poem #6 is considered 1 text;
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d Poem #15 is viewed as a separate text.
o By Emily Dickinson: #409 “[The Soul selects her own Society—]”
#591 “[I heard a Fly buzz—when I died—]”
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#236 “[Some keep the Sabbath going to Church—]”
#620 “[Much Madness is divinest Sense—]”
There will be NO SECONDARY RESEARCH IN THE PAPER—THAT MEANS YOU WILL BE
USING ONLY THE STORIES/POEMS THEMSELVES. Thus, for example, stay away from
websites that provide analysis of the texts. Keep in mind that if a paper includes material from a
source that is not properly cited, this results in plagiarism, and a composition containing
plagiarism will receive an “F.”
Friday, July 15— Submit your Critical Paper final draft—of 700-900 words—to the designated eLearn
dropbox before 11:59 PM. You must submit your essay in a file format that the dropbox can
“read”—.doc, .docx, or .rtf
Instructions: Complete the writing assignment over the following prompt. Treat this as a “mini-essay” with complete MLA formatting.
You will compare one or more aspects of Judith Sargent Murray’s “Equality Between the Sexes” and the poem you chose to read by a different female author.
Think critically about comparative lliterary elements between the two works, such as:
Major themes/subject matter
Literary elements (metaphors, similies, imagery, poetic structure, etc.)
Social or political references (many of these people knew one another)
Other biographical elements that may be important to compare
*Your response should be roughly 1 page in length and should use specific textual evidence to support your analysis with citations.
SEE ATTACHMENT FOR POEMS AND CHOOSE ONE.
Hawthorne’s short stories “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Minister’s Black Veil” deal with both the religion of his Puritan ancestors and his own view of this religion.
In a well-organized FORMAL essay (meaning clear intro, body, and concluding paragraphs), address the following questions regarding BOTH of these stories:
How do these stories reflect Hawthorne’s views on Puritanism or religion in general? In other words, how much faith (no pun intended) does Hawthorne seem to have regarding organized religion or religious leaders specifically? If there is a difference in how he depicts religious leaders in these stories, what is the reason for the difference?
Character Study: Individualism and Imagination (the Romantics)
In 500-750 words, analyze one character from our authors from weeks five and six (Irving, Hawthorne, Melville, or Poe)
Questions to consider as you brainstorm the essay’s content:
What kinds of traits does this character exhibit?
How are these traits expressed within the story?
Why are these traits important to the story?
What is this character’s role within the story?
How does this character interact with/affect others in the story?
How does this character change as the story unfolds?
How does the character change others as the story unfolds?
What makes this character important to the story?
What can we learn from this character?
What does this character tell us about the world in which they live?
This essay should:
Use a formal, academic essay structure (five-paragraph model).
Present a debatable thesis statement.
Contain well-developed body paragraphs organized around a single idea that supports the thesis.
Incorporate specific (cited) examples from the author’s writing in support of the arguments.
Be formatted in MLA style.
Include a works cited page that includes source citations for any works cited in your paper.
Be written entirely in the third person.