Compare how two texts in our course (excluding “Exotic Pleasures”) represent self-reflection and revelation.

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English Liberal Studies

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Instructions: Write a comparison essay on TWO of the texts we have read this semester (Peter Carey “Exotic Pleasure”).
Select one of the two topics offered below and write a well-structured and well-argued, point-by point comparison essay on your selected texts.
No secondary sources are required. You may paraphrase the lecture slides, but the purpose of this assignment is to analyze the texts in comparison to each other. You will have an abundance of material to work with, including textual evidence from each text and your assessment of the rhetorical/literary devices employed by each text. You may use the ideas/information in the slides; however, any direct quotations require citation.
Your essay should be approx. 1000 words, double-spaced, in a 12-point font, and follow APA or MLA style guidelines.
Your essay should have the structure and tone of a formal essay. Avoid colloquial language as much as possible.
Your essay should have a clearly stated comparison thesis and engage critically with your primary texts. Each paragraph in your essay should have clear topic sentences (and concluding sentences) and advance your argument in a unified, logical manner.
Please see the PowerPoint on structuring a comparison essay.
Support your arguments with effective evidence from the text, including quotations. Quotations must be referenced in in-text citations.
The essay should be written in clear sentences; it should be proofread and edited for structure and grammar.
It is extremely helpful to create an outline for your essay. This outline is not graded but will help you identify and arrange your arguments and textual evidence (you can use the comparison essay-outline template [found under course documents]).
Academic Integrity: Please review Seneca’s Academic Honesty Policy:
As well, please review the tutorial found in the left-hand menu of our course.
PLAGIARISM is the use of another author’s work, either through direct quotation OR through general paraphrasing, without citing the source of that work.
Evidence of plagiarism will lead to academic sanctions depending on the severity of the offense. Plagiarism will be handled in accordance with Seneca’s academic policy. Work determined to be in violation of academic integrity rules, will generally receive a grade of zero and other penalties may apply.
Submitting work that is not your own – involving plagiarism, copying the work of others, or cheating/contract cheating via generating material through Generative AI (ChatGPT, Copilot, etc.), typically results in a grade of zero; there are no make-ups or re-submissions in such circumstances.
Your Final Essay Should Contain:
A title
A clear thesis statement that follows the guidelines of a point-by-point, five-paragraph comparison essay that includes 3 clear assertions about the texts.
Well-introduced and integrated quotations (of appropriate length) from your primary text – with parenthetical citations for direct quotations.
A well-balanced and persuasive discussion that gives equal attention to an analysis of each of your selected texts
Unified, well-structured body paragraphs
A concluding paragraph that summarizes your arguments
Clear sentences – your essay should be proofread and edited to catch errors (grammar, word choice, and spelling).

1. Frequently, authors (of both fiction and non-fiction alike) aim to challenge the prejudices or assumptions of their readers – to affect readers’ perceptions of important socio-cultural issues. Explore how two course texts (excluding Carey’s “Exotic Pleasures”) attempt to dislodge/undermine the prejudices of their readers. (Make sure to explore the literary/rhetorical techniques employed by each author)
2. Self-discovery or self-understanding – often through epiphany (a sudden, striking realization) – is a theme that runs through many of the texts we have studied in this course (both fiction and non-fiction). An up-close view of the human thought process is also a very persuasive rhetorical choice for a writer to make. Compare how two texts in our course (excluding “Exotic Pleasures”) represent self-reflection and revelation.

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