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Beyond learning to analyze, discuss, and write about literary works, this course also aspires to connect you emotionally to literature. By reading about the human experience through stories, poems, and plays, we hopefully learn something about our own lives. Often your homework questions asked you to consider how a piece related to your own life. This last writing assignment is meant to further encourage this personal exploration.
For this assignment, think back over all the pieces we’ve read this semester. Which one did you feel most connected to? Did any piece of literature evoke a strong emotional reaction from you? If so, it’s probably because it reminded you of yourself or your life in some way.
Once you choose a particular piece, narrow down what it was that you felt most connected to. Is it the particular situation in the story, play, or poem that is reminiscent of your own life? Or is there perhaps a character you can relate to? (Remember, you don’t have to have experienced the exact situation in a piece to relate to it.) Do some prewriting to free your thoughts on how you are connecting to some of the literature we have read. Also consider what this piece taught you about yourself—what did you realize from this story, play, or poem that you can apply to your own life?
Stories to choose from :
“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker
Doe Season” by Michael Kaplan
“New York Day Woman” by Edwidge Danticat
“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe
This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” by Sherman Alexi