Crime and Justice (answer prompts)


Minimum Requirements (if these requirements are not met, it will result in an instant zero): 1.Minimum of 1,200 words, but no more than 1,500 Words 2.Essay is to be in proper MLA format 3.Include at least 3 (but no more than 4) scholarly sources (Non-Fiction books or Academic journals- no websites)- Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Religious texts are off limits *Note 1: I will allow one source to be from a .gov website, or a documentary* *Note 2: If doing prompt 3, you only have to have 2 additional sources, because you are using both King and Thoreau.* *Note 3: Having sources on Works Cited is not enough. If sources are not actually used, it will result in a 0 for the essay, with no chance of fixing issue. 4.Include the pieces of literature specified in the prompt (that means you need textual evidence from the literature) 5.Include a properly formatted Works Cited *You are allowed the use of only one block quote* Answer ONE of the following prompts: 1.Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story “Young Goodman Brown” is an Allegory, which takes readers on a journey through temptation (sin). Throughout the story, Brown learns that the devil knows his family, and even the seemingly most pious and saintly person has walked with the devil at some point in life. The Bible states: “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone” (Gospel of John), and in the story the devil suggests that the human heart produces more evil than even he can at his strongest. Using “Young Goodman Brown,” consider the following questions: Are humans inherently good or evil? Can someone be entirely good or evil, or does everyone have a mixture of the two? In what ways can someone’s action (whether good or evil) affect the world/ those around them? *Note: While the bible is referenced in the prompt-mainly due to the nature of an Allegory-, this is not a religious argument. To succeed in this prompt, issues of religious beliefs are to be left out, or touched on in an objective manner. If argument is touching on religion, I would suggest talking to me to ensure you are not going down a rabbit hole. Also keep in mind, that even if you are touching on religion, religious texts are not acceptable resources. 2.Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King Jr both discuss issues in which government is unjust and immoral, a topic which has been presented in numerous media outlets. Using either Thoreau or King’s essay, consider the following questions: Is the United States Government corrupt? If yes (to first question), has it always been corrupt, or is it a new issue? In what ways does this corruption affect the country? In what ways can the people work to end this corruption? Are conspiracy theorists working on more logic than others? If no (to first question), why do people perceive it as corrupt? In what ways do media and/or conspiracy theorists perpetuate the lies of corruption? 3.Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King Jr. write about the issue of civil disobedience. Both authors write their essays during/after spending time in Jail for their own personal protests against an injustice. Both speak of jail as a psychological condition, not as a physical building. Furthermore, both write to encourage action from others, when they see an injustice being committed. Using both essays, answer the following questions: What are Thoreau’s and King’s main points to their arguments? Which author makes a more compelling argument? Why or why not? Then consider these questions: The United States of America is built on the concept of freedom, freedom to protest for one; however, are some protests illogical, immoral, and unjust (for instance- kneeling during the National Anthem)? Are there unjust laws? Is breaking the law a justifiable action to fixing the law? (*Note: this prompt includes two portions- a compare and contrast portion, and a portion in which the issue itself should be analyzed. Thoreau and King should be used throughout. This prompt requires one fewer outside source) 4.Langston Hughes’ poetry takes readers on a journey of The United States of America through the eyes of an African American. While he wrote in the height of the Civil Rights movement, some would argue that much of what he wrote about are still issues today. Using two of Hughes’ poems that we read (“Open Letter to the South,” “Theme for English B,” or “Harlem”), consider the following questions: Is the American Dream reserved for those of a certain race and/or class? Is Freedom and Equality synonymous? Can we have freedom without equality, or vice versa? *When writing, be careful of confusing author and narrator.* 5.The five poems we read in chapter 12 take us through issues of justice/injustice, punishment (at times internal punishment), and freedom. Throughout the class we have discussed issues of internal punishment (through personal feelings, like jealousy and anger), we have talked about imprisonment, we have talked about violence and religious ideology which is often built on issues of perceived justice, and we have discussed issues of freedom itself. Yet, one thing we should be taking from all this is how abstract the terms “Justice” and “Freedom” actually are. For this prompt using two of the poems we read (“Incident” by Countee Cullen, “Punishment,” “Open Letter to the South,” “Theme for English B,” or “Harlem”) consider the words “justice” and “freedom.” What do they mean? Is justice and freedom a reality or just a fabricated ideology? (*do not include dictionary definitions*). Grading Criteria (refer to rubric for more specifics): A strong, well-organized thesis driven argument (including acknowledging opposition) Essay should be free of second person pronouns, and the words “very,” “kids,” “etc” and “society” (unless you are specifying what “society” you are referring to). First person should be limited (but avoid I, me, and my all together) Proper In-text citations and a Works Cited (not included in word count) Essay should be properly formatted (MLA format) and free of grammatical errors. You will be allowed only 1 block quote

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