Write six type-written, double-spaced pages on one of the prompts below using several sources from the syllabus through this week, including the books, articles, films and our discussions. Cite any quoted text with author and page in parentheses, (e.g., Cooper, p.105 or “Casablanca”, etc. or “Class Notes, date”) immediately after the quote or reference. Do not cite “Class Notes” more than twice in your exam. Exams are due back to me electronically on Wednesday October 5, 2022 by 8:00 p.m.
1. Please compare and contrast the Muscogee Busk its design and purpose as a symbolic event and narrative, to the symbolic myth and structure of the American Western as presented in Cooper’s The Pioneers. One could argue that both employ symbolic oppositional conflicts, yet may be very different in intent and outcome. Please explain.
2. D.H. Lawrence’s notion of “wish fulfillment” can be viewed as Cooper’s remedy for cultural trauma, and perhaps the only means to create a myth of social reconciliation in the racially diverse and stratified society in America. Why do you think wish-fulfillment worked effectively in Cooper’s narrative myth in The Pioneers for the American public? Please explain.
You can use all the materials presented to date in the class including the film clips we have seen and in bcourse. References to the film scenes must be specific, not general, and you may use specific commentary or analysis on these films that you research, otherwise it’s materials from the assigned reading and my class discussion notes [only twice]. Remember my words cannot speak for you only support your argument.
In an expository essay, the writer needs to clearly identify the thesis that they will defend with their argument throughout the essay. [15 points]
Defense of your thesis
You must defend through a rational argument using evidence to demonstrate your position. As indicated in the MIdterm prompt, all evidence and materials for your defense of the thesis must come from within what has been presented in the course. [40 points]
You must cite all quotes from textual and other sources. In this essay, citing requires source name, page number, URL, or date if from my notes. See prompt for examples. [30 points]
Grammar, syntax, punctuation, spelling
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar, syntax, punctuation and spelling
Your essay needs to be properly presented, and well written. Grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling are all elements of presentation. [15 points]
Total Points: 100
All films, books, and articles mentioned in the attached documents can be used. The movies can be found on Netflix, etc., but if you need them for what you are trying to use, I can send you links, etc.
Whichever prompt you choose, you will use this book, so I am attaching a link to it.
The Pioneers: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/2275/2275-h/2275-h.htm