ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY

Choose ONE of the questions below and write a SINGLE detailed, creative and logical ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY. Use at least SIX academic sources*. Feel free to also include other academic sources where necessary. Word count for this specific exam is min. 1500 words. You must have a clear argumentative thesis statement, a clear introduction, developmental paragraphs, a refutation paragraph and a sound conclusion. You must use MLA as your reference guide. Write a “WORKS CITED” section at the end of your assignment and make sure you are using proper forms of “in-text citation”.

*Wikipedia, Sparksnotes, 123helpme and other similar sites are not academic sources. Please be careful to use sources that have a clear author, title and publishing house/ publishing date or volume number etc.

 

  1. How does Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens reflect the realities of its time? (Please refer to academic sources for historical information and do NOT write back the same old information on the internet that I have probably seen for a million times. I am interested in YOUR voice, your opinions. Choose at least three different quotations YOURSELF to explain in order to support your answer in detail as stated above.)
  2. What is the significance of the title of Robert Browning “Porphyria’s Lover”? How does the title reflect the artistic tendencies of the poem? (Same rules with the first question apply.)
  3. How does the poem “Ulysses” by Alfred Tennyson reflect the national aspirations of England during the period in which it was written? (Same rules with the first question apply.)
  4. In what ways does Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray criticize the society of its time? (Same rules with the first question apply.)
  5. In what ways does Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw criticize the gender roles in the first quarter of the twentieth century? (Same rules with the first question apply.)
  6. What kind of an idealized version of mankind does the narrator of Kipling’s poem suggest in “If——”? Why does the protagonist feel the need to create such an idealization? (Same rules with the first question apply.)
  7. How does the poem “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats reflect the political anxieties of its time? (Same rules with the first question apply.)
  8. Why did poetry become the literary medium of the “Great War”? How does Wilfred Owen criticize the notion of nationhood in his “Dulce et Decorum Est”? (Same rules with the first question apply.)
  9. Why did poetry become the literary medium of the “Great War”? How does Siegfried Sassoon criticize the war and the military in “Base Details”? (Same rules with the first question apply.)
  10. What are the differences between the terms “modern”, “modernity” and “modernism”? How does the short story “Eveline” by James Joyce reflect the main tenets of modernism? (Same rules with the first question apply.)
  11. What are the differences between the terms “modern”, “modernity” and “modernism”? How does the short story “The New Dress” by Virginia Woolf reflect the main tenets of modernism? (Same rules with the first question apply.)

 

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