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Light—both the presence and absence of light—is a theme, a character, and a symbol in the novel. Explain the significance of the title—All the Light We Cannot See—to the events and characters in the book.  What did Doerr mean by his title? What lesson does he hope to teach us?

Major Essay Two (Topics A)—All the Light We Cannot See

Must Be in MLA Format (See Writing Help in Blackboard):

  • Times New Roman, size 12
  • Double-spaced, 1900-2200 words (If your essay is not at least 1900 words, you will receive a grade no higher than a 67.) Post your word count at the bottom of the last page.
  • Margins set at 1” all around
  • Correct heading and header, creative title
  • Italicize the book title any time you use it
  • Put the author’s last name and the page number in parentheses every time you use exact wording from the book, along with quotation marks (See Ch 17 And 18 in Patterns).

 

Topics (A)—Chose one of the prompts below and respond to it in a logically organized, well developed, and grammatically sound essay.
 
1.    Light—both the presence and absence of light—is a theme, a character, and a symbol in the novel. Explain the significance of the title—All the Light We Cannot See—to the events and characters in the book.  What did Doerr mean by his title? What lesson does he hope to teach us?
 
2.    Fear can be a powerful tool for controlling and manipulating people. All of the characters in the novel are confronted by fear at some point. Discuss examples of the different types of fear displayed by the characters in the novel and explain how they used those fears throughout the novel.
 
3.    A symbol is an object, action, or event that represents something or that creates a range of associations beyond itself. In literary works a symbol can express an idea, clarify meaning, or enlarge literal meaning. The following items are mentioned throughout the book and may have deeper symbolic meanings to our characters and the story.  Choose one of these items—snails, birds, spirals…or one of your own—and write an essay analyzing how that symbol functions in the work and what it reveals about the characters or themes of the work as a whole.
4.    Werner says that he lost his soul in the war, but in many ways he loses it much earlier. In what ways does he redeem his soul? In what ways does he not? Explain in terms of Werner’s relationships with at least three people. Some suggestions include Volkheimer, Marie-Laure, Dr. Hauptmann, Frederick, Jutta, and Etienne LeBlanc.

 

 

 

 

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Essay Organization:

 

  • Your essay should have an introduction.  The first few sentences of your essay must give the title and author of the book.  Then, you should give a brief summary (3-4 sentences) of the entire book in your own words.
  • The last sentence of your introduction should be your thesis statement.  The thesis statement should give the reader the overall direction of your essay; create a sentence based on the prompt that shows me what point your examples are going to prove.  No statements of intent!
  • Your essay must be logically organized using a clear paragraph structure.  Each time you begin discussing a new character, event, or example, you should begin a new paragraph.  Each paragraph should begin with a specific topic sentence that explains what the paragraph will be about and end with a clear concluding sentence.  Remember, the body will be as many paragraphs as you have examples!
  • The body of your essay should contain clear, specific, and relevant examples that work to support the thesis.  You should FULLY discuss the implications and meanings of all examples you present – this is your analysis.  Put examples in a logical order which your readers can follow.
  • In your essay, you should use clear transition words/phrases that move the reader from idea to idea.
  • Your conclusion should bring the essay to a close, reinforce the main idea, and make a lasting impression on the reader.

 

 

A Note about Plagiarism:

 

This is not a research essay.  As such, you should not conduct any research or use any online or print sources other than your book or class materials.  Your entire essay should be based on your reading of the book and your own analysis of characters and events. Please review the plagiarism policy on your syllabus and in the student handbook.

 

Reminders:

  • I encourage you to visit the Learning Lab or work with one of the ThinkingStorm online tutors (available on Blackboard) to get help with your assignment.
  • Do not START or END a paragraph with a quote!
  • Do not use “you” or “I” (or any of their forms) unless they’re in a quote from the book
  • You must use specific quotes from the book to support your main points throughout the essay. I think it’s reasonable to expect at least one quote in each of your body paragraphs as evidence. However, don’t overdo it so there are more of Doerr’s words than your words!  Please do not include huge quoted chunks of text; long block quotes often are better paraphrased or condensed.
  • Edit for grammar/mechanics and sentence clarity
  • Edit for verb tense consistency

 

 

 

 

 

 

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