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Could somebody please explain this essay prompt to help me understand it better?  Discuss the ideas developed by the text creator in your chosen text about the human need to reconcile the uncertainties of the past with a new or present situation.

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The confusion with this essay prompt may stem from its vague wording. By “text creator,” it means “author,” and by “chosen text,” it means “whatever book you’re writing this essay about.” If this essay was about The Odyssey, this would read: “Discuss the ideas developed by Homer in The Odyssey about…” Plug in those, and the language of the prompt is a lot less menacing.

The question at hand is asking you to write about the “human need to reconcile the uncertainties of the past with a new or present situation.” There are a few different ways you could go about answering this prompt. Oftentimes, people wonder how things might have turned out differently had they made a different choice in their past. You could probably write a solid essay about that, so long as the text deals with questions of inner speculation, self-examination, and memory.

Another way this question could be interpreted is that it questions the reality of time and memory itself. How sure of our own...

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