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For your paper, you will choose an author, a text, or a theme from the previous

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For your paper, you will choose an author, a text, or a theme from the previous weeks to discuss, analyze, and research in more detail. You may choose any topic from the discussion boards as a starting off point for your topic. For example, in week two, our discussion dealt with marriage in Chopin’s Story of an Hour. You could pair an analysis of that short story with some historical research about weddings and marriage in the 1890s.
Perhaps instead you are interested in satire in Twain. Satire works to make fun of a topic in order to bring attention to it. Was Twain successful? What was the reception of him during his time period? If this topic interests you, you may like to know that Huck Finn, one of Twain’s best known novels, was banned in many libraries as soon as it was written.
Reading text to choose from:
https://americanliterature.com/author/mark-twain/short-story/the-jumping-frog
https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/1892/pg1892.html

“The Story of an Hour”

“Désirée’s Baby”


Authors to chose from Mark Twain or Kate Chopin
Discussion Board Topics that can be used as a starting point:
1. Based on the characters of Louise Mallard and Desiree, what does Chopin have to say about marriage?
2. How does Chopin use irony in each story? Did you find it effective?
3. How does Mark Twain use satire to make his points to the reader? How does Twain view most people, as evidenced by your reading (particularly Jumping Frog)?
4. What role does satire have in our modern society? Where do you see satire? What types of things are satirized?

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