Posted: July 15th, 2021
Prominent philosopher Martha Nussbaum writes “As we tell stories about the lives of others, we learn how to imagine what another creature might feel in response to various events. At the same time, we identify with the other creature and learn something about ourselves.”
For Nussbaum, literature reveals truths that analytical philosophy cannot because of the abstract character of analytical argument. Readers might agree with an analytical argument, for example, but they will not be moved by the argument in the way that literature can move them.
Choose either the print version of Roddy Doyle’s short story “New Boy” or Warshan Shire’s poem “Home.” Describe what a reader might learn and understand about the plight of refugees in either the story or the poem. Is the literature more or less powerful than news reports of refugees in crisis? Explain.
Make sure you create a well-developed responses that analyze deeply and methodically the issues addressed in the prompt. Regardless of the specific topics, be sure to construct a thesis that allows you to organize your responses around a central idea that argues a point. Address the entire prompt. If you merely draw up a list without a thesis in mind, your responses will be little more than plot summaries or a series of observations with no apparent purpose.
You must use quotations from the narratives to illustrate and support your responses. You don’t have to do a Works Cited, but you must cite all quotations and paraphrases. Cite page numbers for Doyle and line numbers for Shire. Use the text version of “New Boy” and not the video.
Outside research is not required and cannot be used.
You are free to choose your length, but provide a developed response with cited textual evidence and be sure to answer the entire prompt.
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