It can be said that the transcendentalists celebrated the potential of the individual, as a unit.  But Edgar Allan Poe depict individual who are, in some ways, divided against themselves. 

Identify a character from any one of the six stories that we have read who is somehow divided and explain how you think that character is divided against him/herself. The divisions can be figurative or literal, and the characters may be divided in any way, including having contradictory motivations or spiritual versus physical longings at the same time. Provide precise, accurate, cited evidence to illustrate the division, and explain your thinking.

Write an essay of about 350-500 words that develops a single idea that you have conceived in response to this week’s discussions and readings.

For full credit, the essay should include the following:

  • A short introduction that raises the issue/context and offers a succinct, arguable thesis (your idea);
  • At least two body paragraphs;
  • Body paragraphs that begin with a topic sentence (a claim that develops the logic of the thesis);
  • Body paragraphs that contain accurate and precise evidence to illustrate the claim of the topic sentence;
  • Sufficient interpretation of the evidence to explain how it illustrates the claim of the paragraph;
  • MLA format (see the Purdue Online Writing Lab for examples);
  • Effective editing that eliminates major errors (comma splices, fused sentences, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, subject/verb errors, mixed sentences, wordiness, and obvious typological errors); and
  • A brief conclusion that re-emphasizes the main idea of the essay.

– Read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” (pages 629 – 643), The Norton Anthology of American LiteratureBeginnings to 1865

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