Paper Assignment LIS2003

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This essay will be our first piece of formal writing; as such you need to avoid using slang, contractions, and first and second person (“I,” “we,” “you,” etc.). Additionally, a formal thesis statement and strong topic sentences will be needed. Papers will be no less than 4.5 pages (double spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font), plus a MLA Works Cited page with (at least) two entries—they should not be longer than 6 pages (plus the WC page).

Our essays will contain a formal thesis statements and well-researched evidence. We will offer structured sections that begin with a strong topic sentence that introduces the major idea and end with an effective transition to the next major idea.

Your document must include:

  • A strong thesis statement that establishes how and why the sources agree or disagree (on some aspect) regarding the American Dream.
  • A strong working definition of how each of the authors define the American Dream
  • Solid topic sentences starting each body section
  • Tight organization and structure of paper (paragraph unity)
  • Effective and appropriate integration of outside sources (signal phrases)
  • Properly formatted MLA parenthetical citations in the body of your paper (marking paraphrases, summaries, and direct quotations)
  • A properly formatted MLA Works Cited page (containing at least 3 sources)
  • Appropriate tone and language for your task and audience
  • Free of errors with spelling, grammar, and mechanics 2

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JWU: ILS 2003 The American Dream Analysis Paper (200 pts) At this point in the semester you are very familiar with the various definitions, interpretations, and discussions surrounding the notion of the American Dream. For our analysis paper you will write a paper focusing on either the similarities or differences between two versions of the American Dream presented in the sources from the class. Please note that you can only select one film. Non-Fiction Sources Founding Documents: The Declaration of Independence (4-8) “Preamble” to the Constitution of the United States of America (9) “The Bill of Rights” (Amendments/Articles I-X) and Amendments/Articles XI—XXVIII (19-26) Essays: Henry David Thoreau, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience” (44-56) Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self Reliance” (68-78) Adam Smith, selection from “The Wealth of Nations” (82-94) Andrew Carnegie, selection from “Wealth” (95-7) W.E.B. Du Bois, selection from “The Souls of Black Folks” (104-106) Memoirs: Frederick Douglass, selection from The Life of Frederick Douglass (186-194) Zitkala-Sa, selection from “The School Days of an Indian Girl” (102-3) Tecumseh, “The White Men Are Not Friends to the Indians” (162-163) Speeches: Sojourner Truth, “Ain't I a Woman?” (197-199)—two versions presented in our textbook Abraham Lincoln, “Address at the Dedication of the Gettysburg...” (195-6) Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have a Dream” (ULearn) Red Jacket, “The Great Spirit Has Made Us All” (160-161) Red Cloud, “All I Want Is Peace and Justice” (164-165) Documentary Film: Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things Fiction Sources Short Stories Lawrence Hill, “So What Are You, Anyway?” (ULearn) Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour” (ULearn) Sherman Alexie, “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” (166-180) Poems: Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus” (81) Carl Sandburg, “Chicago” (111-112) Edwin Arlington Robinson, “Richard Cory” (157) Anne Sexton, “The Farmer's Wife” (158) Langston Hughes, “Harlem” (215) & “Let America be America Again” (ULearn) Chief Joseph, “I Will Fight No More Forever” (159) Novella: Stephen Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (113-156) Film (Adaptations of Novels): Grapes of Wrath (1940) A Raisin in the Sun (1961) In your paper you will want to define your way of thinking about what the “American Dream” is (probably in the introduction) and then explain each author’s way of conceptualizing or critiquing the American Dream (in the body paragraphs). Using specific examples and/or quotes from the authors’ work, you will argue whether the two sources predominately agree or disagree about the American Dream (this is your central thesis). For this paper you can compare and contrast similar types of sources (for example two poems) or you can compare and contrast two dissimilar sources (for example a short story and a speech). A good place to start is to find two sources that either largely agree with each other or two sources that predominately disagree with each other. Most students will likely find themselves talking about some of the key issues behind the American Dream (such as the role of government, individualism, economics, gender, race, immigration, education, etc.)—it is here that the sources may either agree or disagree strongly. This essay will be our first piece of formal writing; as such you need to avoid using slang, contractions, and first and second person (“I,” “we,” “you,” etc.). Additionally, a formal thesis statement and strong topic sentences will be needed. Papers will be no less than 4.5 pages (double spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font), plus a MLA Works Cited page with (at least) two entries—they should not be longer than 6 pages (plus the WC page).
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Perspectives on the American Dream
The American Dream is a set of values and ethos established by the founding fathers of
the United States that looks into promoting equality, liberty, democracy, human rights and
opportunity for all, as all people are created equal (King and Kadir 43). Many authors and
leaders have talked about and interpreted this dream. Two of the most similar documents in
terms of ideology and interpretation of the American Dream are Abraham Lincoln’s speech
“Address at the Dedication of the Gettysburg” and Martin Luther King’s speech “I Have a
Dream.” These two resemble in the way they advocate for liberty, opportunity for all, freedom,
democracy and human rights. According to the assessment of Abraham Lincoln’s speech, he
believed that the American dream mean a society that offers freedom for all, equality for all
people, perfect democracy for the country and liberty for all people. On the other hand, Martin
Luther King’s version of the American dream requires a nation that offers freedom, equality,
justice, democracy and liberty for all citizens (King and Kadir 74). This essay highlights specific
similarities between these speeches, helping one understand the major elements and constructs of
the American dream.
The first similarity between these speeches is their take on liberty. Abraham Lincoln
states “a new nation, conceived in Liberty (Cullen 34).” Here, Lincoln emphasizes on the need to
give all citizens free will to engage in whatever they like, pursue their dreams and ambitions and
be free from oppression and unwarranted restrictions. On the other han...


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