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Due 9/12: In-Class Essay

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So, to review:

  1. Use your first and last name
  2. Capitalize first letter of each name
  3. Leave a space between the first and last name

Today, you were to prep for the tomorrow’s essay:

You will answer the following question in this essay: Per Man’s Search for Meaning, what is Viktor Frankl’s view of the human condition?

Ultimately your objective for this essay is to craft a thesis reflecting Frankl’s view of the human condition. In doing so, you will demonstrate control of logotherapy (covered in Part II).

The following are major points to consider in his argument:

1. Frankl titles Part II of his text “Logotherapy in a Nutshell.”  Scholars suggest his thesis here can be reduced to the Freidrich Nietzsche quote (Remember, Frankl himself cites it on numerous occasions):

“He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.”

2. Inner life/value and spiritual freedom

3. Discovering meaning in life in three different ways:

  • By creating a work or doing a deed
  • By experiencing something or encountering someone (Love)
  • By the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering

*These are key elements and they are, frankly, obvious. Certainly, you can discuss them in your essay; however, do not limit yourself to the obvious. Engage the nuances of his argument (i.e. Noo dynamics). The more nuanced your discussion, the more textual control you have and the more interesting your discussion will be. That is what I am looking for. The less nuanced, the more I will call into question your actual reading of the text.

*In this essay do not merely write that Frankl believes we can attain meaning in three different ways. That is a gross simplification of his existential view and logotherapy. While I do not expect to see mastery in this essay, I do expect to see sophisticated control of his argument.

Your essay should demonstrate control/understanding of both Part I and Part II of the text. So both parts of the book should be explored in your essay. This essay is unlike English essays of the past!  Your thesis is actually what you believe to be Frankl’s argument. There should be no critical discussion!

HW: Be ready for in-class writing assignment!

Due 9/12 (9/13 for 10G): In-Class Writing Assignment

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10F, you should have completed the following in class today (10G, you will do this tomorrow).

Day 2: In-Class Assignment Prep

For the following, feel free to use your book and any notes you may have taken. Do not use someone else’s work for this assignment. What you complete in class today will be left with the substitute teacher at the end of the period. You are not expected to address the following in paragraph form. You are merely gathering ideas. For each of the following, use evidence when appropriate:

  • List and briefly discuss two of the primary themes in the novella.
  • Describe the narrator
  • List off conflicts in the novella
  • How is conflict related to a discussion of the title?
  • What is the setting? What are the narrator’s general thoughts on the setting?
  • How do the photos help to enhance or detract from the narrative?

HW: Be ready for in-class writing assignment! (10G, your in-class writing assignment will be Wednesday.)