Dystopian Worlds Essay

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“Escaping the Dome.” Image courtesy of yumikrum (Flickr)

Writing Prompt: The short stories, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin, and “the Lottery” by Shirley Jackson present seemingly perfect worlds that hide injustice under the surface. Societies sacrifice the joy of the individual for the benefit of all. What can we as readers learn from these stories about our own world? In at least a five-paragraph essay, describe a central theme (lesson, moral) in at least one of the stories. Include textual evidence to support your ideas. What lessons can we apply to our world today?

Writing Criteria:

  • Well-organized multiple-paragraph essay.
  • A clear thesis statement (main argument).
  • Textual evidence with analysis (quotes must be cited with page numbers in MLA Format).
  • Creativity and sentence variety.
  • Checked for spelling/grammar/mechanics.

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Night, Maus and the Holocaust

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“[Anne Frank’s] voice was preserved, out of the millions that were silenced…[She] has outlasted the shouts of the murderers and has soared above the voices of time” – Ernst Schnabel

Essay Writing Prompt: Ernst Schnabel wrote of Anne Frank, “Her voice was preserved, out of the millions that were silenced…[She] has outlasted the shouts of the murderers and has soared above the voices of time” (110). The same could be said of Night author, Elie Wiesel.

For those that experienced the Holocaust, why was it so important for them to tell their stories? How has the Holocaust affected the identity of the Jewish people? In a well-developed essay, discuss the effects of the Holocaust and the importance of the survivors bearing witness by telling their stories.

Cite textual evidence from Elie Wiesel’s autobiographical novel, Night, Art Spiegelman’s memoir, Maus, and at least one other Holocaust text to support of your ideas.

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