How does literature-folk tale, spiritual, blues, slave narrative, and/or speech-act as a form of resistance? And what resource

How does literature–folk tale, spiritual, blues, slave narrative, and/or speech–act as a form of resistance? And what resource

Purpose

The critical analysis essay will be based on two of the texts by different authors that students have read thus far in the course. Write an essay that addresses the following prompt:

The poet Jaye Smith has written the following, “You can handcuff my wrists, and Shackle my feet. You can bind me in chains, throw me in your deepest darkest <link is hidden> you can’t enslave my <link is hidden> it is free like the wind.”

Thus far in this class we have covered literature from the vernacular tradition through the Reconstruction and rise of the New Negro. In a thesis-driven essay of between 800-1000 words, discuss the ways in which the literature resists the deeper enslavement, that of African American “thinking” –a phenomenon writer bell hooks has referred to as a “colonized mind.”

How does literature–folk tale, spiritual, blues, slave narrative, and/or speech–act as a form of resistance? And what resource can we draw from literature 100 years or more removed from this contemporary moment?

Instructions

To articulate an effective thesis, it is best to frame the prompt as a question. Your thesis will then become the answer to the question you posed.

Prompt framed as a question:

How does literature–folk tale, spiritual, blues, slave narrative, and/or speech–act as a form of resistance? And what resource can we draw from literature 100 years or more removed from this contemporary moment?

Introduction

In the first paragraph, identify the texts and authors by full title and name. The opening paragraph must provide a broad, but accurate, synopsis of the texts as well as a clearly defined thesis statement. In the critical analysis essay thesis statement, identify the one or main points to be discussed in the body paragraphs.

Body Paragraphs

If writing about one point, each body paragraph should provide an in-depth analysis of closely related examples of that point. If writing about or more points, make sure to present a balanced exploration of both (<link is hidden> two paragraphs of approximately the same length for each element). As supporting evidence, provide appropriate and sufficient direct quotations, paraphrases, and/or summaries, properly cited. Each paragraph should also include a combination of summary and analysis. Finally, if there is mention of a secondary character or related plot point that is not listed in the opening-paragraph synopsis, briefly explain this character or plot point.

Remember that when writing about literature, refer to actions and events that take place in the present tense. For example, instead of writing “The main character wanted to go to Bolivia,” write “The main character wants to go to Bolivia.”

Conclusion

The closing paragraph should restate the main idea discussed in the essay but should not repeat the language in the introduction or body paragraphs verbatim. The conclusion is the final opportunity to make a lasting impression on the reader. Think about excellent books or movies that have memorable endings. What characteristics make those endings memorable? Do the final words or images leave a question in audience’s mind? Do they prompt one to action? A strong conclusion resonates with the reader, casting a net beyond the confines of the text to make a statement or observation about the larger world.

Format Requirements

Write 800-1000 words, six paragraphs minimum

Follow standard MLA style format requirements

Refer to the Write and MLA Style linked resources for guidance in writing and formatting your essay. A planning worksheet is included to use in developing the essay.

Submission

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