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The purpose of this assignment is to revise the introduction and literature review of your academic argumentative research paper, which you created a draft of in Unit IV

Unit V Assignment

Revision of Literature Review and Introduction

Follow the directions below for the completion of the introduction and literature review revision assignment for Unit V. If you have questions, please email your professor for assistance.

Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to revise the introduction and literature review of your academic argumentative research paper, which you created a draft of in Unit IV.

EH 1020, English Composition II 4

Description: In this assignment, you will revise the introduction and literature review that you wrote for the Unit IV assignment. Revisions must be substantive and should be made in accordance with the professor’s instructions. The following parts of the assignment must be revised:

Introduction (9-12 well-developed sentences/approximately 350 words): For more details about what is expected for each of the following sentences, please see “Lesson 4: The Introduction.” You may also want to review the “Example Introduction and Literature Review (with comments).” The following components must be included in the introduction (in the following order).

o Sentence 1: Introduce the general topic

o Sentence 2: Pro side (general) o Sentence 3: Con side (general)

o Sentence 4: Narrow the scope (1)

o Sentence 5: Examples of the narrowed topic

o Sentence 6: Narrow the scope (2)

o Sentence 7: Specific controversy

o Sentence 8: Pro side (specific)

o Sentence 9: Con side (specific)

o Sentence 10: The thesis 

Literature Review (800-900 words): For details about the structure of the literature review, you will want to review “Lesson 3: The Literature Review: The Process.” You may also want to review the “Example Introduction and Literature Review (with comments).” The link is below. o Literature review preface: This paragraph acts as a guide to what the reader can expect in the literature review.

o Literature review body: This section includes three to four body paragraphs that discuss the history, terminology, and both sides of the controversy (pro and con).

o Literature review conclusion: The conclusion signals that the literature review is ending, but it also acts as a kind of preface for the body of the paper by restating the thesis statement and establishing your argument once again. 

Demonstrate the avoidance of plagiarism through proper use of APA citations and references for all paraphrased and quoted material. 

Implement techniques of editing and revising.

Example: Click here to access the example introduction and literature review. Note: The conclusion is not presented in this example; however, the literature review conclusion is a requirement of the assignment.

What Is “Myth?”


What is myth? How will we define it for this class, how is it defined in popular culture, and what is the difference between the two definitions? In your discussion, please include answers to two of the following sub-questions related to your Learning Resources reading for this week:
•    What is the difference between myth and other narratives such as folktales, fairy tales, and urban legends?
•    How do scholars approach the study of myth? How do you interpret a specific myth using a particular scholar’s approach to myth?
•    How does the language of myth differ from everyday language?
•    How are myths related to specific cultural contexts?
•    What cultures have myths, and where are these cultures located in the world?


The History of Love


In a 900-1500 word essay (3-5 pages), address one of the following prompts. Provide an argumentative thesis, one that reflects your interpretation of the text, and organization to develop that thesis. Support your claims with textual evidence-include quotations from the text, in MLA format.

Text: The Novel of “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss

1. Leo Gursky states, “A hundred things can change your life. And for a few days, between the time I received the letter and the time I went to meet whoever had sent it, anything was possible” (233). Explain the function of this passage as it relates to the broader context of the novel. Avoid plot summary; instead, offer your analysis.

2. In last week’s response to the novel, one of your peers made the claim that rather than being about “The History of Love,” this novel is largely about the history of loss. Argue for or against this assertion. Whether you support or refute this claim, be sure to explain the significance of yours.


When Tragedy Strikes

When Tragedy Strikes

1- On King Lear: (the questions a. and b. are convergent. How much space you want to devote to each is up to you. Make sure, however, that your critical response amounts to a coherent essay).
1.    a-  In what way can we say (if indeed we can, which you may debate) that Lear
is better off after his tragic progress than before?
2.    b-  What is the arc of moral and spiritual development in Lear’s character?
3.    c-  Compare Lear’s death scene as played by Ian McKellen in the 2008 version ( x6Jc2Y starting at 2:25:45) with the same scene in Peter Brook’s film adaptation of 1971 (you can find it in Gauchospace under Week March16-22).
Taking into consideration the more versatile medium of film (i.e., the fact that a film director can really transform how and from what angle and in what setting the actor’s actions are perceived), how would you characterize the differences in tone, emphasis, mood, etc., between the two performances? Explain how each performance alters or shifts our understanding of Lear, and what light it casts on his final moments and on his tragedy.
2- Bartleby is really about the education of the lawyer, and of the reader. What does the advent of Bartleby change in the lawyer’s philosophy of life? What does the lawyer discover? What does this discovery qualify as tragic? Make sure you reference the story, specific passages or sentences, to support your argument.
(This essay touches on the themes of: the limits of altruism; the inescapability of being oneself; the illusion of genuine community; the tragic solitude of human life: why, by the way, ‘tragic’?).
3-  On Heart of Darkness. The questions below are all intricately connected. You will probably find it more profitable to use these questions as thematic clusters to guide your essay rather than questions that need to be individually answered point by point.
a-What is the ‘darkness’ in the Heart of Darkness? Does its meaning change over the course of the novel and, if so, how?
b- Is ‘the horror, the horror’ a cry of self-indictment, a cry of despair, a cry of universal loathing? If this is so, then you need to explain how the dreadful and exceptional Mr. Kurtz is, in spite of all, a tragic hero.
c- What aspects of the modern condition does Kurtz embody?
4-  To write this essay, you will need to watch the movie ‘God on Trial’. The movie is available on Youtube at:
The film recounts an actual event that took place in a Nazi death camp where Jewish inmates, in a biblical tradition that goes back to the Book of Job, decided to put God on trial. Is God good? Has God abandoned the Jewish people, indeed the whole human race? Arguments are heard for and against the motion.
To ponder the following question, you will have to pay especially close attention to the concluding scenes. The verdict, it appears, is that God is guilty of a breach of contract. Yet, as they march to their death, these men still choose to pray. How do you interpret this action? May it help us understand Job’s ‘recantation’ in a new light (that would put it half way between Buber and Curtis)?

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