The Personal Opinion Essay

In the Personal Opinion essay, I am asking you to expand on ideas you have already generated about Trifles or The Storm. You will choose ONE topic to write about and argue for your position – i.e., convince the reader your theory is correct.
Your paper should have 500 750 words (two to three pages double spaced, typed). In this essay, include at least two outside sources that support your opinion and/or any points you make in your essay. Use MLA documentation style to cite your sources. I have helpful MLA resources linked in our Canvas class shell. The essays I assigned for reading (at the top of this page) do NOT count as sources, though you may use them in your paper. Also, Wikipedia and other encyclopedia type sources do not count. Look for high quality, in depth, scholarly, reliable sources. You may use the FSCJ databases, or online sources that pass the CRAAP test. Use Turnitin to submit this paper. Be aware of due dates/times.
TOPIC CHOICES (Choose one):
Topics 1 through 3 are based on Trifles –
1] Do you think the two women in the play (Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters) are justified in covering up what they know (basically, Mrs. Wrights motive for murder) at the end of the play? If you were one of the women, would you have done the same thing? Argue for your answer and convince the reader you are correct.
2] Do you think Mrs. Wright is in any way justified for murdering her husband? This also begs the question – is murder ever justified? Argue for your answer.
3] Was justice served in this play i.e, did the right thing happen in the end? It is implied that because the men cant find a motive for the murder, Mrs. Wright will not be convicted. [Also consider this: in the early 1900s, what would happen to Mrs. Wright? She has no family or children, no friends, no one to support her. She cant go to community college women couldnt even vote. It is also implied that her mind has snapped.]
 
4] Kate Chopin was condemned during her life for the immorality of her writings. She wrote about sexual repression and desire in ways that were unheard of in her day. The married characters in her story seem to love each other and to be devoted, but they dont seem to be terribly attracted to each other (sexually). Why do you think Chopin ended this story the way she did with NO repercussions. The sexual affairs seemed to leave every single character happier than s/he was before. What point is she making about sex, love, and marriage and do you agree with her?
5] Argue that Kate Chopins character (Calixta) and Susan Glaspells character (Mrs. Wright) are examples of early feminist heroines who defied society to do what was needed for their own emotional survival OR argue that, while they may be victims of unfair repressive expectations, they committed morally reprehensible deeds and should be punished. . . . (OR do you see them as falling somewhere between these two views?)
 
 

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