Second Expository Essay (Research Paper)
Your second essay is a research paper that makes use of both primary and secondary sources. Hence it requires the acknowledged and relevant use of expert opinions and explanations from at least three scholarly secondary sources to make your own discussion cogent and persuasive. Your thesis statement is a clear and specific answer to any one of the following prompt questions on your primary sources.
Highlight the question of your choice and attach this sheet to your essay.
PROMPT QUESTIONS: Choose only one
1.What is Melville’s point about individuality as he discusses the topic through the characters of Bartleby, the Scrivener? What role does individuality play in the context of Melville’s culture? Is Melville’s focus on individuality an expression of the intellectual climate of his culture?
2.Melville’s Bartleby is an alienated and homeless individual. What are the psychological and socio-political ramifications of isolation on an individual?
3. Is there a connection between historical accounts of mid nineteenth-century Wall Street and Melville’s depiction of it in Bartleby, the Scrivener? In what ways does the historical Wall Street and Melville’s depiction of it anticipate the twentieth- and twenty-first-century Wall Street of corporate America?