How is ___Spartans__________ mentioned in The New Yorker?
The objective of this assignment is to apply what you are learning in class and through the readings to what you experience in contemporary journalism. Youre asked to do this primarily through analysis. Your job is to explain the comparison as clearly as possible. To do this youll need specific examples. And youll need analyze those specific examples. The genre of this paper is the persuasive essay. Your answer to the set question should be clear from your thesis statement and the rest of the paper should support that assertion.
How is ___Spartans__________ mentioned in The New Yorker? How do these references connect what youve read in class? What do the references suggest about how the authors and their intended readership perceive Classical Literature and/or Ancient Greece?
You must pick a proper noun or adjective derived from a proper noun to fill in the blank in your
question! I decide to choose word SPARTANS
Any of the authors weve read or will read before the midterm are fine choices: Herodotus, Thucydides, Homer,Sappho, Plato…. Other valid choices are the names of primary characters including, but not limited, to Pericles, Socrates,Helen of Troy, Odysseus, Aphrodite, Croesus,
I decide to choose Herodotus
For Option 1, go to the New Yorker website (http://www.newyorker.com/search) and search for the term. Chose 3 articles for analysis. These articles must have been written in your lifetime.
At least one must have been published in the last 12 months.
You may not chose book, theatre, or art reviews; all other articles are acceptable, but some may be more suitable to the assignment than others. Be selective.
Articles that I choose: if you want you can choose different articles from http://www.newyorker.com/search, but the word Spartan has to be used.
No quotation may be longer than 12 words. Make sure it is intelligible to someone who may not
have read the other piece of literature youre using in your comparison. If 12 words doesnt
seem enough, you should consider summarizing instead.
Your paper needs to make an argument and have one unifying idea. It cannot be a random
jumble of possible answers. It should be focused on one specific answer.
This main idea should be expressed in a thesis statement in your first paragraph; this thesis
statement should not be too general. (e.g. Translation affects our understanding of the text is
Use summary only when it is directly connected to your analysis.
You should make at least three references to specific portions of the readings from class
and at least five references to pieces of modern journalism
. You may choose to use many more! You may refer to a section of the text without quoting it!
These references should be cited with parenthetical notation, e.g. (Hdt. 7.235) or (Sappho fr. 1
) or (Jensen A10) or (Malik 47).
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