Argumentative Essay

Instructions: For the purposes of this assignment, you will compose an argumentative essay that responds to one of the following prompts:  How does Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis challenge stereotypes about life in the Middle East? What stereotypes does the novel confront? How does the novel dismantle these notions of Islamic culture? In Art Spiegelman’s Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History, what is the significance of the author’s decision to portray people of different races and nationalities as different animals? What effect does this have on the reader’s understanding of history and the emotional impact the novel has on its audience? In Maus I, the narrator’s father explicitly states there are “private things” about his experience in the Holocaust he doesn’t want his son to mention in his book. What does Spiegelman’s novel suggest about memory, trauma, and the process of documenting distressing moments in history? Is Spiegelman (the narrator) justified in telling his father’s story despite his objections? Whichever prompt you choose, you must cite specific scenes from the graphic novel in your essay and include two outside sources. Please note this essay requires you to assert and support a thesis using evidence from the novel. Essays that merely summarize events in the novel (a “book report”) or fail to state and argue a thesis will receive a substantial point reduction. Of course, with all assignments for this course, I strongly urge you to meticulously edit and proofread your essay and attend to proper grammar and punctuation.   A properly formatted MLA works cited page is required. For more information on this check: 

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