For this assignment, please read Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and Ursula LeGuin's "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas," as well as Plato's "Crito." We will also view in class the classic episode ofÂ The Twilight Zone, "Eye of the Beholder."Â
This paper is essentially a values-analysis assignment. After you have read the short stories, all equally disturbing and down-right chilling, and after we have watched "Eye of the Beholder," I will want you to think about the implied values and value systems at work and how they drive each narrative -- for better or for worse. I will also want you to think about the various themes that emerge from each of the stories and how they may serve as allegories for modern life in the 21st Century. Naturally, of course, you'll need to know what an allegory is. Your job, then, is to evaluate and articulate as best as you can, in writing and in your own words for 2 - 3 pages, how the underlying values of each story dictate the actions, messages, and ultimate lessons of their narrators and protagonists -- all of which should point to some greater theme; and it's this theme or themes that you should be able to talk about in some depth. Not as difficult as it sounds. Try not to spend too much energy on the stories themselves; there is absolutely no need to summarize any of them, other than maybe to get a handle on some of the bigger ideas that youÂ shouldÂ talk about. But your essay should clearly reflect a solid understanding of the messages inherent in each of the readings, as well as in "Eye of the Beholder," and how those messages are relevant in our lives today. Once you've read them, and once we've talked it all over in class, you should be able to sail right through it.
|Due By (Pacific Time)
||04/19/2016 11:00 pm