Directions: Choose one letter from each number and write one essay per letter.You should upload one document with two essays on it.Do not combine the two questions into one essay.Your essays should be well-developed, with an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.There is no length requirement, but I will consider answers fewer than 500 words as less developed than others.You do not need a Works Cited, but if you quote, summarize, or paraphrase any text, you must cite it.Your response should not contain more than 10% summary, paraphrase, or quotation.In other words, the majority of your response should be analysis.Significant points will be deducted from answers that spend more time summarizing than analyzing.You must include in each answer a discussion of a text we read in the latter half of the semester. 1. Letters from the Fringes of Hegemony (Choose one of these) Using two texts we’ve read this semester, argue how someone of a non-hegemonic status must navigate the world in a way that is different than someone from the hegemonic group.What privileges does the hegemony have in relation to someone who is outside of the group?For example, explore what privilege a straight white person without HIV/AIDS has in juxtaposition to the characters in The Normal Heart.What role do advocates from the hegemony have in terms of leveling the field?Is there a way to dismantle the hegemony?Examine how people of a non-hegemonic status have re-defined or reclaimed history or a historical narrative for themselves in at least two texts we read.Pay special attention to the meaning of re-define.The question requires you to look at how history and narratives are perceived, the reality of the history or narrative, and how people can re-write them for themselves.What role does art (vis-à-vis Allison and Rich) play in this redefinition or reclamation of the narrative?Using examples from the texts, what steps must a minority (for lack of a better word) take to do this? 2. Power and Commodities (Choose one of these) Discuss power—who wields it, how it is used, where it manifests, and what the masses can do to change it—in two of the texts we read this semester.Ask yourself this question: Why do we as humans respond to power the way we do?Does this change based on who holds the power and who is controlled by it?Think about international ideas of power, as well as American ideas of power.We as Americans have protections in place that allow us to speak truth to power.Do we engage in this practice?Discuss what paths we might take should we stop questioning.In many of the texts we read this semester, we found governments and companies commodifying humans—bodies, labor, and will.Explain how this form of commodification is present in our present society, how these authors are, as Allison and Rich pointed out, showing us something about ourselves that we may not want to see.Think about the actions of large pharmaceutical companies, factory farm and food producers, clothing companies that outsource labor, and the use of undocumented immigrants to feed an economy of low-cost goods and services.What can we do to shift the course of history?Are we ready to do so?Have we gone too far?Consider this and other topics we discussed in class using at least two texts for your analysis.Books:.·
Alderman, Naomi. The
Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale
Backderf, John. My Friend Dahmer·
Kramer, Larry. The Normal Heart·
Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give· Westover, Tara. Educated
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