GERM 1025/1026 Essay 2
Length: Approximately 1,000-1,250 words
Citation Format: MLA
Tutorial #2: On Oct. 26, you must have your thesis statement and your outline for Essay #2 prepared and emailed to the Teaching Assistant in charge of your group.
Essay Due Date: Nov. 6 (submit via Brightspace)
Here are some possible essay questions. Choose one. You are allowed to come up with your own question/topic, but be sure to clear it with me first. Essays should be around three to four pages in 12-point font, double-spaced (not including the bibliography). As with the essay samples that I have included on Brightspace, you do not need a title-page; instead, you just need to include your name, student number, course number, my name, and the date in the top right hand corner of the first page.
Your essay should have a title that reflects not only your topic but your argument about that topic; an introductory paragraph that introduces your topic, suggests how it will be approached in regards to the text, and closes with a clear and specific thesis statement; supporting paragraphs organized around points that support your thesis and that open with a strong topic sentence; specific evidence from the primary text itself; a sense of sound and logical transition from supporting point to supporting point; and a strong conclusion that reinforces your thesis and suggests something about its wider implications. The essay samples on Brightspace are very clear in regards to what I am looking for, so be sure to look over these before and while writing.
Be specific, be organized, and be sure to make good use of the text when making your case. When it comes to quoting from the text, be sure to comment on the quotes you use and incorporate them into your larger argument. If you have any questions while writing your essay, or if you would like me to look over a draft of your essay, please let me know.
GERM 1025/1026 Essay 2
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
Judgement?” How does the story contradict one’s typical expectations of stories involving conflict between the generations? To what ends?
Doctor?” How might the story be felt to explore the inherent absurdity
and the inherent lack of meaning to life and to the world around us? How does the doctor simply go along with events rather than really responding to them? To what ends?
Government forces in “The Penal Colony?” In what ways does the story outline the ways that power structures can lead to the dehumanization and brutalization of the other? How do these structures negatively affect powerful and powerless alike? To what ends?
How does he show the anger, animosity, and evil lurking beneath the
veneer of a loving family? To what ends?
Gregor’s change and what its possible implications may be. Why does he
change? What does he change into? What are the effects of his change, both on himself and on those around him? I would like you to take one of these possible areas of inquiry and then explore it in terms of its possible implications.
family, affect how his story is understood and responded to? To what
ends? GERM 1025/1026 Essay 2
understandably) connected to Gregor, the other members of his family also undergo pretty radical changes over the course of the narrative. This is especially true of Grete, Gregor’s sister. Make the case that the greatest changes, the greatest metamorphoses, may not involve Gregor at all.
“The Hunger Artist?” How might the performer’s predicament suggest Kafka’s own, written as it was so close to the end of his life? To what ends?
explores themes such as self-abasement and self-hatred. Why is it that his characters often take upon themselves the negative feelings expressed by others? Why do they so often surrender? Why do they so often desire nothing else but to disappear? To what ends?