English 103: Critical Thinking and English Composition

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“This is what you shall do:
Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life,
re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”

Walt Whitman

Painting of Lady Macbeth by John Singer Sargent

Assignment #2

Literary Research Paper

Read at least one article (literary criticism) about any of the literary works we have covered and discuss the arguments or critics whom you choose to address. Your aim in this paper is to explain how a given interpretation or critical method clarifies or illuminates the theme of the work or why you think it does not. You must have a clear thesis, and a clear introduction and conclusion. Your paper should be 6 - 7 typed, double-spaced pages.


You may write another literary analysis essay; however, do not use the same literary work that you discussed for your first assignment. Your paper should be 6 – 7 typed, double-spaced pages.

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