This year’s core texts explored a number of different themes and big ideas about identity, power, morality, and many other topics. Your task is to select three texts that we’ve studied this year, and to write an essay in which you trace a theme through three different texts. This essay will likely be comparative in nature, as you should discuss and explore connections among the core texts of the course.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Possible thematic connections—remember, you must generate your own original point/argument in the form of a thesis to answer this question.
Gender, Social Class, and Identity: How do these texts explore depictions of women, minorities, and those of lower social class? What can we learn about culture and/or identity through these texts? How does society shape identity?
Morality: Are humans inherently or fundamentally good or evil? From where does evil originate? What causes individuals to make bad choices? How are values instilled? How are they enforced? What factors guide/influence personal decision-making?
Power and Rebellion: What makes an effective leader? What makes a good leader? Is there a difference? What is the function of social expectation? How does power affect individuals? How is “critical thought” necessary for growth? What is our duty toward the law? Our family? Ourselves?
Storytelling: How do cultural norms affect our view of heroism? What is a hero? What is the purpose of the quest archetype?
Relationships: How do relationships endure or change over time? What is the purpose of human relationships? What is the purpose of empathy/sympathy for others? What is love? How does love affect our Behavior
Remember to add at least two direct quotes per paragraph
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