1st assignment: Answer questions to the essay analyzing “The Lame Shall Enter First”
read the article and answer the questions in no less than 200 words total.
What is the thesis of the analysis paper? How many subtopics does it have? Does it point out the theme of the original work?
2nd assignment: Literary analysis
– Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July”
Choose three rhetorical strategies in Douglass’ speech – irony, emotional appeal, ethical appeal, logical appeal, tone, diction, parallel structure, juxtaposition, rhetorical questions, imagery, etc. – and discuss how the strategies contribute to his conveyance of the theme.
Whatever rhetorical strategies you choose as your focuses of discussion, you will need to tie them to the theme of the speech. In other words, you need to analyze how the strategies contribute to the conveyance of the theme.
Your claim should be supported by evidence in the excerpts and your interpretation of the relevance and/or the effectiveness. Besides, you should strengthen your argument by citing some literary critics’ views too – at least three citations from at least two different kinds of sources. (Don’t use information from Google or Wikipedia.) Include a Works Cited page.
In order to fully appreciate the speech, it is a good idea to include relevant information of Douglass’ bio and the historical setting.
Your final essay should be 4 to 6 pages, double spaced. Your paper will be returned to you with no grade and no comments if you over-space your writing simply to meet the page requirement.