Essay # 2
Draft (1200 words minimum) due Oct. 29; Finished essay due (1500 words minimum) due Nov. 12.
Write a cogent, well-supported essay developed from one of the following topics; please note that these are general prompts for you to think about, and that you should review the texts to frame your thesis, which will be more specific. Your introductory paragraph should present this thesis in the form of a claim or (if you prefer) a rhetorical question. The body of your essay should be divided into paragraphs that lead the reader through the points of your argument, supporting it at every stage with specific reference to the authors and texts you are writing about. Your conclusion may be a brief restatement of your thesis, bringing the weight of your argument and evidence to bear, but avoid needless repetition. A more interesting way to conclude may be to place your findings in a broader context, indicating their social, historic, or artistic significance beyond this work or works.
DO NOT use outside sources for the substance of your argument (which should be original), though you may use them, where needed, for support or illustration. When you quote, paraphrase, or use a fact, interpretation, or any other material from any source (including the works you are writing about), be sure to cite correctly; put quotes around exact wording, make sure a paraphrase is entirely your own language, and document MLA Style (MLA Handbook, 7th edition).
1. Compare and contrast the feminine element in H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine William Morris’s News from Nowhere. In both novels, the time-traveling protagonists meet female figures who embody the future of the human race. What does this add to the “traveler’s tale” formula for utopian narratives (cf. Thomas More, Francis Bacon), in which the traveler’s interactions are exclusively with the males of the society, and fairly impersonal? 2. Compare and contrast the role of the machine and mechanization,...
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