ESSAY 3 ASSIGNMENT: Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horsemen
ENG 2206 – World Literature II
Throughout this course, we have emphasized the important differences between genres, time
periods, and subject matter as a critical part of reading and writing about literature. However,
there are also important similarities between genres, time periods, and subject matter that
connect disparate sources to each other and craft a coherent narrative for the development of
literature over the past 400 years. Your task in the final essay of the course will be to evaluate
these similarities and differences within the context of one central argument about the history of
literature from 1600 C.E. through today. Although you will use research to ground your
reading of the two texts you choose to compare and contrast, since you are making an original
argument based on your interpretation of these texts, the majority of your evidence will come
from the texts themselves.
Essay 3 is 25% of your final grade. The essay portion must be at least 2,000 words long and
submitted in hard copy. Essay 3 will be graded based on the argumentative essay rubric handed
out at the beginning of the semester which all essays have been graded against: ideas, structure,
research, and grammar.
Your essay must reference at least 3 peer-reviewed critical sources on your topic of choice.
These sources must be published by a University Press or a peer-reviewed academic journal and
must be correctly cited using MLA style. You essay must also analyze at least 6 quotes from
each of your primary sources.
Your essay must compare and contrast one source from the first half of the course and one
source from the second half of the source. The list of potential sources is as follows:
Wu Cheng’en, The Journey to the West
Wole Soyinka, Death and the King’s Horseman
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
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