An Outline Analyzing Character Development in Ransom and Song of Solomon

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Prompt 7
I. Intro
II. Thesis: A protagonist’s weakness proves more memorable than qualities in Ransom where Priam’s old age and feeble physical condition renders him increasingly reliant on Somax for physical assistance on their trip to visit Achilles in Greece and Milkman’s desolation for his future in Song of Solomon III. Main Idea #1: Priam’s old age and feeble physical condition renders him increasingly reliant on Somax on their trip to visit Achilles in Greece. IV. Supporting Evidence #1: ‘ Behind him (Somax), Priam falls silent. After a little, he comes around to the step of the wagon and without speaking reaches his hand out to be helped’ (Malouf 208). V. Supporting Assertion #1: The fact that Priam, a monarch, is reliant on a mere peasant and carter, Somax, really shows that Priam’s expected role as a king- a loof, distant, and strong, is non-existent. VI. Supporting Assertion #2: Moreover, David Malouf seems intent to reveal how old age and compromising physical conditions can render anyone, from a lifelong peasant to a lifelong royal, vulnerable to the passage of time. VII. Supporting Assertion #3: This message is what I believe the David Malouf seeks to point out the most in this passage and thus overshadows Priam’s robust days as a younger royal. VIII. Main Idea #2: Milkman’s desolation on a sidewalk for his future in Song of Solomon IX. Supporting evidence #1: ‘Milkman closed his eyes and then opened them the streets were crowded with people all going in the direction he came from ...after a while he realized nobody was walking on the other side of the street’ (Morrison 64). X. Supporting Assertion #1: From Milkman smacking his father to remembering the love by which his mother nursed him as a child, Toni Morrison is depicting Milkman’s engrossment in problems pertaining to himself and struggling to burst out of his own bubble. XI. Supporting Assertion #2: The people walking in the opposite direction he is serve...
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