Sunday, March 15, 2009

Essay outline

I. Thesis/intro: "In  'The Tell-Tale Heart' and 'The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,' the narrators attempt to convince their audience of something. In 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' the narrator strives to convince the audience that he is not crazy, while in 'The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,' the narrator tries to convince the reader that the city of Omelas really is perfect, despite the extreme suffering of a single individual. All of this is evident in the persuasive language that the narrators use and the contexts and subjects of this persuasive language."

II. Evidence from the text for "The Tell-Tale Heart"
A. Persuasive language/ pleas to the reader; "You fancy me mad," et cetera
B. References to what he is trying to prove: "How then, am I mad?," "And now have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but overacuteness of the senses?," et cetera

III. Evidence from the text for "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"
A. Persuasive Language: "I wish I could convince you."
B. Descriptions of the perfection of Omelas
C. Significance of the suffering child

IV. Conclusion