English 4180/5180
Southern Literature
Assignment for Essay 2
Due:  November 3

The topics below define parameters within which you are expected to shape your own argument.  Select one.  Be sure to restrict the scope of your paper suitably for the assigned length (4 typed, double-spaced pages).  Unify the paper with a clear thesis and support your claims with thorough discussion of evidence from the text(s).  See the Grading Criteria included with your syllabus.

1.  Discuss the function of Smith's use of multiple narrators in Oral History.

2.  Analyze selected rhetorical devices used by King in "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and explain his use of these devices to position himself on a political spectrum.

3.  Discuss the "osmosis of being" as a theme in Warren's Flood: A Romance of Our Time.