Watch/read the following sources: Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs,” Into the Wild, “Sell Your Crap,” David Foster Wallace’s “This is Water,” and Donovan Livingston’s speech.

Assignment Question

Watch/read the following sources: Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs,” Into the Wild, “Sell Your Crap,” David Foster Wallace’s “This is Water,” and Donovan Livingston’s speech. Make sure read/watch sources more than once and do lots of thinking about themes that are common to at least two of the works.

Assignment: After thinking about these common themes/connections between the sources, write a 3 1/2-page synthesis or comparison-contrast essay in which you focus on a claim that allows you to draw on those two or three sources for support.

Preparation: In our discussion board posts, we will discuss possible themes that you can work with; the main theme that we will start with has to do with freedom. You should start thinking about the types of freedom that exist and what the works say about the role of freedom in people’s lives. Also consider what limits freedom or prevents us from achieving freedom even though we value it so much in this society. You could also think about other themes like self-actualization and happiness. Format: Please see the next pages/videos next week for guidance on how to structure this essay.

Requirements: This essay should be 3 1/2 pages long, a little bit longer if you are aiming for an A. You must follow MLA guidelines, but you do not need a Works cited page. Please do not work with outside sources for this. When writing the synthesis, you will need to work with three sources, integrating quotes in almost every body paragraph (attempt to bring in quotes or reference at least two sources in most body paragraphs). You will make a claim about freedom and then show how the sources you are working with support that idea. If you are writing the comparison-contrast essay, you will be working with two sources.

Note: Do not simply summarize one source per paragraph. That creates just a collection of summaries–not a synthesis.

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