ENG 102 LAPC Illustration of The Existence of Evil in The World Argumentative Essay This is an argumentative essay were reliable sources are
needed to research real events that inform the stories (the Salem witch trials and
the Pied Piper murders). It needs to be 4-6 pages, MLA format, minimum of 4
outside sources (not including the stories) and minimum of 4 quotations from
each story. Also, a works cited page is needed with the reliable sources. An
example of a reliable source is Google scholar or ProQuest. Please make sure
the thesis statement is the last sentence of the introduction and is also repeated
in the conclusion paragraph. This is just a brief explanation of the requirements.
For more details on the essay prompt, refer to the attached file. April 6, 2020
Take Home Essay #2 – Argumentative
Your essay will be based on “Where are you Going, Where Have you
Been?” by Joyce Carol Oats and “Young Goodman Brown,” by
In both of these texts, the reader is presented with seemingly innocent
characters that meet with evil and are destroyed by it. Which text
better illustrates the terrifying existence of evil in the world.
Steps to writing this essay:
1. Analyze the protagonists’ (victims) role in their journey to evil.
2. Analyze the antagonists (Satan and Arnold Friend) and how they
carry out their plots.
3. Research the real events that inform the stories – The Salem
Witch Trial and The Pied Piper Murders.
4. Research how, as a society, our perception of evil has changed
from the Puritans view in the late 17th century, the time in which
“Young Goodman Brown,” is set, to 1966 the time in which
“Where are you Going, Where Have you Been?” is set.
• 4-6 Pages
• MLA Format
• A minimum of 4 Outside sources
• A minimum of 4 Quotations from each primary text
• Works Cited Page
100 possible points – Grading will be based on:
• Thesis Statement – must be declarative, clear, and arguable.
o An in depth understanding of the texts with no errors of
fact– e.g., “Young Goodman Brown” takes place in India.
o The essay supports the argument made in the thesis
o Each paragraph points back to the thesis statement.
o The conclusion summarizes points made in the essay and
may repeat the thesis statement.
o The essay must include textual evidence in the form of
direct quotations from the primary texts.
Organization – The texts must receive equal coverage. Each
paragraph must transition well into the following paragraph.
A clear counterargument
A clear refutation of the counterargument
Reliability of outside sources
Integration of quotations
MLA – the essay must be in correct and complete MLA format
Mechanics – spelling, punctuation, and grammar must be
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