Please use standard essay structure to write your essay. Make sure your introduction ends with a
focused thesis sentence that clearly responds to the question. Then include body paragraphs that
develop your thesis, and a conclusion that unifies and closes your paper. Remember to include
the names of the authors and titles of the works in your introduction. Make sure to support your
thesis with original analysis, summary, and 3-4 quotations from the selected readings. Please use
MLA in-text citation for all quotation and make sure to submit your paper to turnitin.com before
you turn in your paper copy to me.
1) How should a nation balance the needs of the individual versus the needs of the society as
a whole? Can a society survive in the absence of such a balance? Use examples from two of the
readings listed below to develop your position and prove your points.
2) Many of these readings are responses to great social injustice. Compare and/or contrast
two of the readings listed below, explaining how each author’s use of language makes his/her
work an effective response to the particular injustice it addresses.
3) How does language shape us? Compare and/or contrast two of the readings listed below,
explaining how the authors’ use of language defines us individually and collectively.
4) How does language help us face the future? Compare and/or contrast two of the readings
listed below, explaining how the authors use language to help us face the challenges of the
5) Compare “The Allegory of the Cave” to one of the other readings listed below. How are
Plato’s/Socrates’ ideas evidenced in this reading? In other words, how does this reading build
upon Plato’s/Socrates’ claims? What does this comparison tell us about the role language plays
in our lives?
“The Allegory of the Cave”
“Freedom from Fear”
“Leading Beyond the Nation-State”
“Letter from Birmingham Jail”
“My Faith in Nonviolence”
“Speech on the Signing of the Treaty of Port Elliot”
“What you Pawn I Will Redeem”
“Winged: The Creatures on My Mind”
Length: 1000-1250 words
Introduction with working thesis