Monday, September 2, 2013

Assignment Challenge for "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber

Using what you can gleam from reading James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and the article "Coitus Interruptis: Sexual Symbolism in 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'" by Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet write a paper claiming another story is sexually symbolic. I didn't actually think of this challenge. I once received a paper that did exactly that. She used the same technique to examine a different story. Remember that you should be learning communication and persuasion here, and though the student authors of the article may've not examined the story as Thurber intended, the tone was still funny, tongue-in-cheek and thought-provoking. That, combined with good grammar and mechanics got her an A on that paper. A's do not come easily on papers.

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