Using 2 of the 3 captivity narratives we’ve read this semester (Jacobs, Rowlandson, and/or Douglass), produce a well-developed, academic essay that answers the following prompt:
Your argument should produce a narrow, focused thesis that directly responds to the prompt. This thesis should be justified and supported through analyzing key evidence from each of the selected texts. Your argument should NOT simply be a comparison and contrast of obvious similarities and differences but instead present a provable, narrow claim regarding the nature/essence of captivity. The best thesis will NOT be a forecast of disparate details but will instead be a narrowly defined central claim that glues together your entire analysis.
Consider such elements as the processes of capture and escape, the relationships between captor and captive, perspectives during captivity, changes after escape, systems of control, emotional and/or mental challenges, theological frameworks, gender issues, etc. Push your argument beyond obvious superficial details and into more nuanced analysis. You should not try to write about all of these things. Instead, select one key area of analysis and make one defined argument regarding that focus. Then, use your body paragraphs to present evidence and analysis relevant to that defined argument.
The best essays will be narrowly focused, clearly organized around well-analyzed evidence, and fully realized arguments that could not be fully understood on a cursory reading of the texts individually. This means you are not just retelling the narratives. You should also not have a thesis that goes in multiple directions. The beginner-writing, three-prong thesis will not serve your needs here.
This essay does not require any outside research other than the primary texts themselves. Nevertheless, all sources should be documented clearly using MLA
Reading Response Essay
style citations within the body of the essay and on a Works Cited page. All papers will be read closely for plagiarism, and such violation will result in a zero for the assignment and a report filed with the Coordinator of Community Education.
Students should use the full writing process to develop their best possible work. Final publishs should be free of typing, spelling, and grammatical errors. Fully realized arguments will produce a quality of writing surpassing the entry-level skills of freshman writing, instead presenting a well-developed essay appropriate for sophomore, literary analysis. I will provide a grading rubric outlining the qualities of a successful essay and the criteria I will use for grading.
These are the readings and the authors that the paper is about
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American
Harriet Jacobs – Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
We only have certain chapters, following sections:
VI. “The Jealous Mistress”
VII. “The Lover”
X. “A Perilous Passage in the Slave Gir’s Life”
XIV. “Another Link to Life”
XVII. “The Flight”
XXI. “The Loophole of Retreat”
XXV. “Competition in Cunning”
XLI. “Free at Last”