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HUM 3306: History of Ideas--The Age of Enlightenment to the Age of Anxiety


ESSAY#1 INSTRUCTIONS


General instructions:

--The paper should be double-spaced, 1000 words long or longer (but not too much longer; quality, not quantity!).

--Follow the Blackboard internal a?Dropboxa? instructions for how to submit your paper within Blackboard (which then gets shuttled automatically to Turnitin; you donat need to register in Turnitin per se).

--Remember to verify that your paper has been correctly submitted. Excuses days later about problems will not be accepted. If you have a problem, you must notify me before the due date.

--Once the entire batch of essays are assessed, you will be able to go back into your paper--within the systema and see your score and feedback in bubble-comments.

--You may draw upon information/perspectives gleaned from the Proflectures and associated links, but the main ideas and particular approach should be yours. Do NOT use web sample papers, SparkNotes, etc. to get ideas or for phrasing. Do NOT do secondary research via the internet or elsewhere. Turnitin flags down papers that may have plagiarized phrasing or sections.

--Use whatever citation method for the primary text(s) that you have been taught in your Composition classes here at FIU or elsewhere. Or the one that you use in your own discipline/major. Be consistent in the method. For this first essay, there should be typically no other citations than for the primary text or author him/herself.
--Refer to the Checklist at the end of this file; you are expected to take care, to the best of your ability, to meet the criteria established on the Checklist. Note the grading scale.

--Do not provide a cover page; put your name/classname/date turned in/option#/your title at the top of the first page.

--Be prepared, should it be requested, to supply a draft stage of the essay (if youre wondering; this helps discourage plagiarism!). This means you must remember to permanently save a draft at some point as you are composing.

--Organization, quality of analysis, and style will all be factors in determining your grade, worth 25% of the course grade. Be sure to make a computer-disk backup.

--Students sometimes ask what the a?rubricsa? are in respect to grading: go to the end of this file, and you will see a Revision Checklist. Those, in effect, are the rubrics for assessment, but it would be impractical and counter-productive to give you a break-down score in the four categories and subcategories: comments and overall feedback are, thus, a?holistic.a?

Choose one of the options below for the topic of your essay. These options are not intended to box you in, but to provoke insightful and original analysis. Do not just Answerthe questions belowa they are intended to help you discern complexity, tensions, and even inconsistencies in our authors:

OPTION ONE: One might make the argument that the most key passage in Locke is section 50, near the end of Chapter V, in which he concludes his discussion of gold (money) and the obtainment of a Disproportionate and unequal possession of the earth. Read this passage very carefully. Do you agree that Men have agreed to a disproportionate and unequal possession of the earththrough Tacit and voluntary consent”? Or was this imposed upon most men by the strongest among them? Can A man fairly possess more landa? than he can use a?without injury to anyone”? Does money (i.e. gold and silver) represent real wealth in goods and services? What is, or should be, the role of government in securing the right to and protection of a?disproportionatea? wealth? To what extent is this, indeed, the key or core of Lockeas Second Treatise? This option invites, perhaps, critique of Locke or discussion of wider political-philosophical issues raised by or in the Second Treatise. (Remember: just donat answer the previous questions a¦ use them to brainstorm, not to organize your essay!!! And, if you entertain a?wider political-philosophical issuesa? donat lose sight that your primary goal is to demonstrate that you understand Lockeas text!)

OPTION TWO: A careful reading of Lockeas notions about property development, spoilage, and so on, might lead you to conclude that he would be opposed to Excessivecapitalist development of real estate (i.e., say a Donald Trump tower on Miami-Dade wetlands), or perhaps the reverse. Explore to what extent you think Lockeas ideas in The Second Treatise are significant for arguments for or against large-scale real-estate development. This option provides an occasion to apply Lockeas ideas (especially in Chapter V) to the contemporary reality of land development that we see all around us in South Florida. Is development always Industrious and rational,as Locke seems to imply, or can it sometimes represent The covetousness of the quarrelsome and the contentious”? (Section 34). Does development always serve the common good or does it sometimes, or often, serve only the wealthy? (As with Option One: do not answer these questions per se; they are offered as brainstorming cues. Also, donat forget that your primary goal is to demonstrate that you understand Lockeas text!)) If you have some facts about Trump or South Florida real-estate from the internet, you may use them (in which case cite your source): this is an exception to the a?no researcha? instructions above, and in general you should not be taking up much paper space with such.

OPTION THREE: To what extent does Equianoas awareness of his lowly status as a slave impel him to turn to a European religion; adopt European (capitalist) business practices; and become an a?individuala in the European and/or Enlightenment sense of that term? Do you think Equiano abandoned his a?roots,a by participating enthusiastically in European wars, religion, and commerce (including the slave trade), etc? Did he a?sell outa to some extent? Obviously, Equiano is a complex character. He was an abolitionist but he also participated in the slave trade and advocated the colonization of Africa (at the end of his memoir). Try to explain some of the tensions or contradictions in his character, by looking both at his psychology and at some of the social forces at work in the Eighteenth Century or Enlightenment era. Its up to you to devise a main point about Equiano that gets at his complexity without being meandering! (Again: donat just answer the questions!)



Tips for analytical essay writing:

TITLE: Your title is the first chance to make an impression. A vague title (e.g., ”John Lockes Ideasor a?Lockeas Second Treatisea?) that could fit any other paper written on the same author or text gives a vague impression, indicating that the essay to follow likely lacks a focused main point.

AUDIENCE: Assume an audience much like your fellow students--familiar with the work, but unfamiliar with your particular approach, and therefore requiring specific examples (textual evidence, i.e., quotes) to understand, appreciate, and accept your analysis and argument. Avoid plot summary or tedious repetition of an authors points without higher level analysis, however. It is very easy, especially with the Equiano topic, to end up just summarizing his life rather than analyzing the way he presents himself and the context within which he presents himself.

IDEAS: Good ideas come not from your abstract memory of a text, but from your close reading and paying attention to details that might radiate out into larger patterns of meaning. I do not expect you to come up with something Newfrom my perspective, but something Newfrom your perspective. If you dont make a discovery in the process of drafting the paper, it probably will not be very satisfactory.

THESIS/DEVELOPMENT: Good essays unfold a major, focused idea or argument (your thesis) stage-by-stage, in a manner t