For this assignment, students will write a literary analysis essay that follows the formal conventions of an academic essay (including a unique title, introductory paragraph with a thesis statement, 3-4 body paragraphs that include quotations from the text(s) and some research from secondary sources, concluding paragraph, and Works Cited page in MLA style). A minimum of 1 secondary research sources should be included. Research can be found from reputable websites, dictionaries or encyclopedias, journal articles or library resources.
Research tip: Try doing an author or title search in Google Scholar for a starting point! Or check out the Research Tutorial video on the course homepage.
Length: 1000 wds-1250wds (4-5 pages double-spaced)
Discuss how Jackson Katz’s concept of the “tough guise” of masculinity is conveyed in one of the following texts: i) “Who’s For the Game?” by Jessie Pope; ii) Horace’s Ode; iii. Timothy Findley’s The Wars. Ex. How does the poem or novel convey men’s efforts to uphold a facade or persona of toughness or hegemonic masculinity?
Discuss how Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce Et Decorum Est” or Timothy Findley’s The Wars challenge the glorified image of soldiers found in war propaganda? What specific strategies does the author use to convey an anti-war message?
According to Evan Caris in his discussion of WWI propaganda, “war . . . became the greatest manifestation of masculinity. It offered men a way to have adventure, put their fitness on trial, and protect women” (5). In your essay, discuss how Jessie Pope’s “Who’s for the Game?” supports this claim.
Using supporting evidence and specific examples, examine Timothy Findley’s novel The Wars or Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by focusing on ONE major theme or idea. For example, you might choose ONE of the following: i. Loss of innocence, ii. Masculinity (gender performance), iii. Sexuality iv. Trauma and its aftereffects, vi. Physical and psychological effects of war; vii. Soldiers: Victims or Perpetrators?
The above are the instructions for the essay, you can pick any topic, although I think the one I suggested was probably the easiest as it requires the least amount of reading.
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