DIRECTIONS: Choose ONE of the prompts below and write a Literary Argument timed response (aim for 40 minutes, give yourself no more than 60). Use the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, as the focal point


DIRECTIONS: Choose ONE of the prompts below and write a Literary Argument timed response (aim for 40 minutes, give yourself no more than 60). Use the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, as the focal point of your essay. For plot overview and summary of the novel, use this link https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/catcher/summary/

Prompts:

  • 2012. “And, after all, our surroundings influence our lives and characters as much as fate, destiny or any supernatural agency.” –Pauline Hopkins, Contending Forces Choose a novel or play in which cultural, physical, or geographical surroundings shape psychological or moral traits in a character. Then write a well-organized essay in which you analyze how surroundings affect this character and illuminate the meaning of the work as a whole. 
  • 2007. In many works of literature, past events can affect, positively or negatively, the present activities, attitudes, or values of a character. Choose a novel or play in which a character must contend with some aspect of the past, either personal or societal. Then write an essay in which you show how the character’s relationship to the past contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole. 
  • 2006. Many writers use a country setting to establish values within a work of literature. For example, the country may be a place of virtue and peace or one of primitivism and ignorance. Choose a novel or play in which such a setting plays a significant role. Then write an essay in which you analyze how the country setting functions in the work as a whole.
  • 2008. In a literary work, a minor character, often known as a foil, possesses traits that emphasize, by contrast or comparison, the distinctive characteristics and qualities of the main character. For example, the ideas or behavior of a minor character might be used to highlight the weaknesses or strengths of the main character. Choose a novel or play in which a minor character serves as a foil for the main character. Then write an essay in which you analyze how the relation between the minor character and the major character illuminates the meaning of the work. 

DIRECTIONS: Choose ONE of the prompts below and write a Literary Argument timed response (aim for 40 minutes, give yourself no more than 60). Use the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, as the focal point


DIRECTIONS: Choose ONE of the prompts below and write a Literary Argument timed response (aim for 40 minutes, give yourself no more than 60). Use the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, as the focal point of your essay. For plot overview and summary of the novel, use this link https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/catcher/summary/

Prompts:

  • 2012. “And, after all, our surroundings influence our lives and characters as much as fate, destiny or any supernatural agency.” –Pauline Hopkins, Contending Forces Choose a novel or play in which cultural, physical, or geographical surroundings shape psychological or moral traits in a character. Then write a well-organized essay in which you analyze how surroundings affect this character and illuminate the meaning of the work as a whole. 
  • 2007. In many works of literature, past events can affect, positively or negatively, the present activities, attitudes, or values of a character. Choose a novel or play in which a character must contend with some aspect of the past, either personal or societal. Then write an essay in which you show how the character’s relationship to the past contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole. 
  • 2006. Many writers use a country setting to establish values within a work of literature. For example, the country may be a place of virtue and peace or one of primitivism and ignorance. Choose a novel or play in which such a setting plays a significant role. Then write an essay in which you analyze how the country setting functions in the work as a whole.
  • 2008. In a literary work, a minor character, often known as a foil, possesses traits that emphasize, by contrast or comparison, the distinctive characteristics and qualities of the main character. For example, the ideas or behavior of a minor character might be used to highlight the weaknesses or strengths of the main character. Choose a novel or play in which a minor character serves as a foil for the main character. Then write an essay in which you analyze how the relation between the minor character and the major character illuminates the meaning of the work. 

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