ENC1102 Disgrace Book Literary Essay


Question Description

Required Procedures:

  • Read Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee in its entirety before beginning your paper. Take notes as you read. Mark some interesting passages and save necessary source information (such as page numbers) for your in-text documentation and your Works Cited list.
  • Think about the topic and approach you chose located in the Topics and Approaches page. Do not simply repeat or summarize the story.
    • Write your well-constructed thesis, topic sentences, supporting details roughly before beginning.
  • Do some research. It's important to know a bit about apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa before you begin the paper. Take notes and save necessary source information for your Works Cited list.
    • Use at least two outside sources from scholarly sites or journals.
    • Look at sample papers to refresh your memory concerning the format in Rules for Writers, 8th edition.
    • Write a minimum 850-word (or more if necessary) for a good literary essay.
    • Use formal language and the third person, avoiding personal anecdotes and eliminating all references to yourself at all (I believe, in my opinion, etc).In addition to being written at college-level, your essay must meet the following criteria.
  • Include an introduction with a clear thesis statement, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
  • Use at least three quotes from the book.
  • When citing your sources, use MLA style for literary essays. It is helpful to keep your handbook open to the MLA tab as you write.
  • Minimum 850 words (more complex topics might require more)
  • Language: This is a composition class -- your writing and grammar count.
  • Use specific supporting details from the book and at least two from outside sources. Go to the Miami Dade Databases (not Google) for your sources.

Miami-Dade databases, and find two scholarly sources

Tutor Answer

School: Purdue University


Disgrace Theme Analysis
Institutional Affiliation
The novel "Disgrace" by J.M. Coetzee manages to offer a glimpse behind the sudden
rise in sexual assault rates in South Africa as was evident in the stories based on what was
experienced by one of the characters, Lucy Lurie, the daughter of the main character, David
Lurie. One of the main themes established in the novel will focus on the theme of sex. The
theme of sex was first set in the novel's first chapter since the author acknowledged that the
main character, David Lurie was heavily involved in prostitution which can be seen in his
visits to see a prostitute. The theme was also established in the novel after David seduced
Melanie Isaacs while he had been her professor in the university. The theme is highly evident
in the book following the rape of Lucy, one of the characters in the novel. Even though the
book may provide various instances which establish the theme, sex, as encountered in the
book, cannot be compared to what will be read in fairytales. This is especially so when it
comes to Lucy's experiences since she was raped by three men, further leading her to be
expectant (Coetzee, 1-93).
A glimpse of what was experienced by Lucy further provides various reasons as to
why there are high sexual assault rates in South Africa. The high rates were also profoundly
experienced during the pe...

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