Choose ONE of the following topics and write a 750-word essay.
Topic 1: Choose one of the films below and one of the readings from your textbook. The essay should briefly summarize the chosen film and reading to provide context; however, your essay should not be a simple plot summary of the film and the reading. Instead, your essay should analyze the author’s and film’s intent and identify universal themes, conflicts, and climaxes. Of the film and the reading you’ve chosen, which one better accomplishes its purpose? How? Make sure to include evidence from both the film and the reading to support your ideas. Cite all quotes using APA format.
The table below identifies the three films you may choose from, along with some suggestions for readings you might choose to go with them.
|The New World (2006), available to rent on Amazon||John Smith’s The General Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles|
|The Last of the Mohicans (1992), available to rent on Amazon;
available for streaming on Netflix as of May 2013
|A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson|
|Poe’s Tales of Terror (1962) or The Masque of the Red Death (1964);
available to rent on Amazon
|“The Fall of the House of Usher” or any of the Poe stories in your textbook.|