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Writing Prompt

Formal Essay #3

For Formal Essay #3 please write a 4-6 page research paper in response to one of the prompts below. Keep in mind that you should propose a thesis, frame your essay with topic sentences, and offer analysis and textual support. The essay should be well-organized and grammatically correct.

Primary Reading: Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

Option 1

Technology and modernity are key to the characters in this novel.

Examine the relationship between the characters in the novel and their cellphones to make an argument about the influence of technology on displacement and migration. To help you develop your argument, research the role that technology, particularly phones, plays in a refugee crisis.

Option 2

In Exit West, Hamid uses a third-person omniscient perspective. Omniscient means “all-knowing.” As a result, we not only know the thoughts and feelings of each character, but also we know what has happened in the past and the future. Make an argument about the effect of the omniscient perspective in Exit West. Research omniscient narrators and/or the use of time in novels to help you craft your argument.


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