Due 5/18: Godot and PBA

1. Godot–Read and annotate up to the end of page 13 (Stop just before Pozzo enters the stage).

2. PBA–Continue working toward an argumentative position.

Comparative Thesis Workshop:

The theses below give you various templates that may be used in a comparative thesis. Key transition words for a comparative thesis: while, whereas, although, despite, however, on the other hand
While author a uses (device), author b uses (devices) to illustrate (similar theme).
Through the paradoxical relationship between the natural and fabricated worlds, both author a and author b suggest (similar theme).
Author a uses (device/tool) to suggest (theme); whereas, author b uses
(device/tool) to illustrate (a more complex treatment of prior theme).
Some sample comparative thesis statements that may or may not reflect

1. Sylvia Plath and Jean Paul Sartre display in The Bell Jar and No Exit that materialism, propriety, and the search for purpose briefly relieve the hell caused by the unceasing presence of others, yet ultimately prevent one’s understanding of their true self.

2. Unlike Ivan, who fails to see suffering as a condition for freedom, Winston in seeing so liberates the whole humanity at the presence of death—for it is only when men are deprived of all rights were they able to attain true liberty and discover meaning in life.

3. Tolstoy offers an escape from the fragility of life’s mortality with the acceptance of God, but through the existential vacuum Beckett suggests that any distraction from life’s wretched condition acts not as a salvation but damnation to a meaningless life.

4. Self-deceptive Estelle in Sartre’s No Exit and impressionable Esther in Plath’s The Bell Jar both turn to others to define their identity in a cycle of inauthenticity, thus condemning themselves to suffer mental imprisonment.

5. Under an absence of religion, the parallel between Estelle’s and Connie’s ego, and human interaction as a sculptor of identity, illuminate that internal and external values cultivate maturity; man thus must coerce himself to act solely on a basis of responsibility.

6. Through the parallels of Vonnegut’s usage of non-linear time to reveal war’s absurdity and Beckett’s usage of non-sensical time to reveal life’s absurdity, both texts expose human self-condemnation of cyclical suffering.

7. The characters of Mary O’Hare, Roland Weary, and Paul Lazzaro along with Campbell’s monograph in Kurt Vonnegut’s S​laughterhouse Five​ parallel the Eurasia/Eastasia conspiracy in George Orwell’s 1​984,​in conveying that war is a product of unaddressed, internal societal faults as opposed to the consequence of foreign conflict.

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