Essay 5




Women’s rights and their money


By Jamaica Kincaid.

Format your paper using MLA rules. No Works Cited page is necessary (see note in the instructions below.) Do not consult any outside sources for this paper. Only the class texts and materials are permitted for use (and they must be cited carefully).



Choose one of the prompts below.

Write a 600-1000 word paper that presents a thesis at the end of the introduction, and develops that thesis through focused body paragraphs.  (Please see the essay structure sheet in Posts and Writing Requirements to help you with structuring your paper appropriately.) More development will lead to a higher grade, but only if the extra words are useful. Each paragraph should have one specific idea that helps develop the thesis and that idea should be clearly stated in the topic sentence of the paragraph before then being explained and discussed. Utilize quotation and paraphrase in each paragraph to make your discussion specific and grounded in the text/s you are analyzing. The paper should use MLA conventions throughout, including for how the paper itself is formatted. Please use the MLA materials in Posts and Writing Requirements to help you with this.

It is okay to work on this paper with a BMCC tutor, but it is not okay to receive other outside help on it. This means it’s also not okay to use outside texts, research, or materials. Use only the texts and materials from our course. If you want to utilize info from the lectures etc., please quote and paraphrase them as you would any other text. Any use of unauthorized texts will fail the paper, so please be careful to avoid this.

Careful MLA formatted quotation and paraphrasing of ideas and words used from those permitted texts and materials is necessary; however, no Works Cited page is necessary as you are utilizing texts we all have access to in the course

Once I read your paper, I will give you feedback and a grade as well as class revision notes (to help everyone with the revision), and you will have the opportunity to revise it for a stronger grade.


The Prompts

  1. Expectations of femininity and feminine roles can be seen in many of the texts we have read. Choose two texts where female characters resist these expectations. Is their resistance successful?  Discuss in depth the expectations, the resistance, and what this all shows. Remember to compare and contrast the resistance the characters show. (Please be careful not to just write two separate analyses – choose texts carefully, so you can discuss them together in a useful way and make one strong thesis that includes both.)



  1. Archetypal heroes are characters who don’t just look out for themselves – they help others. They go through difficulties in order to learn important lessons and make personal progress, which enables them to help the communities they come from. Name and discuss two girls or women in texts we have read who have heroic qualities. What makes them heroic? How do they help their communities? In what ways does their being girls or women contribute to their heroism?  (Please be careful not to just write two separate analyses – choose texts carefully, so you can discuss your two heroes together in a useful way and make one strong thesis that includes both. Also if you choose a non-fictional hero, such as Sojourner Truth, please be careful if comparing with a fictional character – you’ll have to write very specifically and purposefully to make this work.)


  1. Do you see a specific theme or dynamic that connects three or more texts we have read in the course so far? Name that theme or dynamic and explore how you see it in those texts. What does seeing it in these different texts make you understand? (Your thesis should answer this last question of the prompt. That will help make your essay cohesive.)  Please note: a specific theme can’t be something general like “growing up.” That’s a topic. What’s a specific thematic concept about growing up that you see in three or more texts? That would be a suitable theme for this paper. If you are unsure if your theme or dynamic is too general, email me and we can talk about it.
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