Guidelines For this assignment, you will make a calculated and defendable decision in the form of a cogent, five-paragraph-minimum analytical essay (1500-2000 words) at a level appropriate for a college sophomore complete with introduction paragraph (to include a fully-developed claim/position/thesis statement with roadmap/blueprint plan, i.e. summation of support), three supporting body paragraphs (each following the P.I.E. model, i.e. Point, Information, Explanation) with adequate transition signals/devices between each of them, and a suitable conclusion paragraph that synthesizes more than it summarizes. Using the core value of “personal development” as your “jumping off” point, the challenging decision you are asked to make for this written assignment is this: Decide how a major character in one of the primary text readings transformed himself or herself from the beginning of the narrative to the end. The character may either be a hero, heroine, mentor, herald, threshold guardian, ally, trickster, or shadow (villain). You may explain this transformation with the language of the Hero’s journey, (e.g., departure phase, initiation phase, return phase), or you may use another technique such as identifying three or more character traits that improved throughout the course of the narrative. Conversely, you can approach the idea of personal development as a negative slide downward. For example, you might note three or more ways that a character negatively “developed” or devolved, on a personal level, into a much more degraded and less functional being as s/he progressed throughout his or her journey. However, once your “decision” is made—it will be in the form of a thesis statement—your three or more well-constructed arguments used to defend it must show clear evidence of the critical thinking tools listed on the assignment rubric. For your thesis statement, please choose one of the following two approaches. If you would like to use an approach that differs significantly from these models, please consult with your instructor, for prior approval, BEFORE you begin to write.
-Option 1—One Character & The SLU Core Value of Personal Development Model Structure of Thesis: In nationality (if known) name of author (birth/date year)’s (if known) genre _title of text_ (date of publication), name of character exemplifies/disregards the SLU core value of personal development in the following three ways: way/place/event 1, way/place/event 2, and way/place/event 3.
-Option 2—Two Characters & The SLU Core Value of “Personal Development” (Classic Comparative Analysis) Note: The characters can either be two characters from same text or one character from two separate texts). Model Structure of Thesis: The SLU core value of personal development, can be amply demonstrated, albeit in vastly different manifestations, in the protagonists of both nationality name of author 1 (birth/date year)’s genre _title of text 1_ (date of publication) and nationality name of author 2 (birth/date year)’s genre _title of text 2_ (date of publication).
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