|In the dialectical journals and class discussions for this unit, we will focus on George Orwell’s characterization of poverty in Down and Out in Paris | |and London. For this essay, you will present an analytical evaluation of Orwell’s account of a specific cause, consequence, or characteristic of | |poverty. To evince your evaluation, you will research the topic of poverty and use three outside sources in your essay. |
Introduction (1 paragraph): In a single introductory paragraph you should first provide a brief overview of Down and Out. (Remember that for essays that focus on a single text, you should state the author’s name, the text’s title, and its publication date in the introduction.) The main purpose of the introduction here, however, is to succinctly answer the question, “What does Orwell say about poverty?” To answer this question, you will draw on not only direct statements about poverty in the novel, but also indirect statements made via plot, dialogue, and description. Our class discussions and dialectical journals will be directed towards helping you make these inferences. Make sure you provide a narrow focus, describing Orwell’s characterization of a specific aspect of poverty. As a starting point, you may want to consider how Orwell characterizes the following: o The impact of poverty on an individual’s sense of morality, autonomy, friendship, or self-worth. o The causes of poverty.
o The “positive” or redemptive aspects of poverty.
o The impact of poverty on groups or communities and the relationships of individuals within them. o The nature of work as a member of the working poor.
Bridge (1 paragraph): Your bridge should summarize the research materials you’re working with and present the analytical principle you will be using to evaluate Orwell’s...