6 Page Paper, MLA format

FratBro23
Category:
English
Price: $30 USD

Question description

TOPICS FOR FINAL ESSAY 

Altogether your essays should be no fewer but no more than 6 pages in length, doublespaced. You may quote secondary sources, so long as you cite the source, and elaborate on the significance of your citation. 

Choose one or two or all of the essay topics below. Or use them as material to knit together your own essay. 

(1) Ever more pressingly as he lies dying, Ivan Ilyich comes to understand that he has not lived rightly? Yet what is Tolstoy’s idea of ‘living rightly’? How does Ivan find it in extremis and what does his discovery consist of? What prompts it? How transformative is it? Is it enough to redeem his existence, and to have made it worth living? 

(2) The theme of human connection, and the lack thereof, and the search for it: all the novels this quarter may be read as variations on this theme. Explore its development through the cultural eras (romanticism, realism, modernism, postmodernism) surveyed in this course. 

(3) In what sense is Oedipa Maas, of Pynchon’s Crying of Lot 49, a spiritual heir of Lily Brescoe? Whereas Woolf believes in Lily, however, Pynchon can’t help satirizing Oedipa’s mystic-artistic quest. If Pynchon thinks we can’t make sense of (what he calls) America, then how is Oedipa to live? How (supposing that we accept her quandary as ours) are we to live? 

(4) The world envisioned by Pynchon in 1965 has come to pass: our attention is constantly tugged, pulled and scattered by a constant drizzle of bite-size bits of information, postings, signage, media stimulation. Thoughtful reading, such as reading a novel, in this scheme, may just be an island of calm, a loving act of knitting-together (echoes of Mrs Ramsay…). How do you, by reading her story, offer the communion—the mass—that Oedipa Maas is searching for? 

(5) Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, Melville’s Bartleby, Tolstoy’s Ivan Ilyich, Pynchon’s The Crying: Life, it seems, is half-lived so long as it merely happens. But what else does a human life require to be well lived? What does narrating life— narrative, literature, art—have to do with salvation? How so? 

Friendly Reminder: Cut-and-paste and unacknowledged citation is plagiarism


Tutor Answer

(Top Tutor) Daniel C.
(997)
School: UC Berkeley
PREMIUM TUTOR
Studypool has helped 1,244,100 students
Ask your homework questions. Receive quality answers!

Type your question here (or upload an image)

1822 tutors are online

Brown University





1271 Tutors

California Institute of Technology




2131 Tutors

Carnegie Mellon University




982 Tutors

Columbia University





1256 Tutors

Dartmouth University





2113 Tutors

Emory University





2279 Tutors

Harvard University





599 Tutors

Massachusetts Institute of Technology



2319 Tutors

New York University





1645 Tutors

Notre Dam University





1911 Tutors

Oklahoma University





2122 Tutors

Pennsylvania State University





932 Tutors

Princeton University





1211 Tutors

Stanford University





983 Tutors

University of California





1282 Tutors

Oxford University





123 Tutors

Yale University





2325 Tutors