Your essay should include ● An introductory section that provides appropriate co

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Your essay should include
● An introductory section that provides appropriate context for analysis, including
○ A hook or introduction into the topic of the essay
○ An explanation of moral criticism
○ A text summary appropriate for the length of this essay
○ A clear thesis statement that addresses the following prompt.
■ In chapter one, Vonnegut writes that “there is nothing intelligent to say about a
massacre” (24 in Dial Press, 19 in Dell) However, his novel insightfully addresses
many important topics, and although he understands the futility of writing an anti-war
book (an issue also addressed in chapter one), Slaughterhouse-Five is clearly an anti-
war novel. Moreover, the novel addresses several other issues connected to this anti-
war theme. In your essay, please answer this question: Does the value of this book
come more from its insightful moral messages, or does the value of the book
come more from the narrative devices and the artful way it is constructed?
● If you believe the value comes from the moral messages, then your body
paragraphs would examine the themes of the book. What are Vonnegut’s
messages and why are they important to the reader?
● If you believe the value comes from the artful way the book is structured, then
your body paragraphs would examine the narrative devices and plot structures
Vonnegut uses. How do they create an experience of either emotion or
satisfaction in the reader, and why are those experiences valuable?
● Several body paragraphs that analyze plot points and/or other literary elements through the
lens of moral criticism. Paragraphs should include
○ Topic sentences that relate to the thesis
○ Support from the text, either as paraphrased ideas or direct quotes
○ Reasoning that connects the support from the text to the topic sentence
● A concluding paragraph or two that is a true conclusion and not mere summary. (Harvard’s
Writing Center has a useful reference for this:
https://writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu/pages/ending-essay-conclusions) You might consider
○ Using a quote to illuminate the larger issue your essay discusses
○ Using a personal anecdote to illuminate the larger issue your essay discusses
○ Using a current event that illuminates the larger issue your essay discusses
○ Drawing an analogy or comparison that is relevant to the text and illuminates the larger
issue your essay discusses
○ Consider the implications of your thesis and what it means for literature as a whole
● Accurate citations of the novel and any other sources used (limited to Purdue OWL and those
distributed in class)
● Work/s cited page
● At least two direct quotes (although you may use more)
● Correct MLA formatting, concision, and grammar, mechanics, usage, and spelling that is
appropriate for a scholarly essay

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