Essay TopicI have this essay topic and need help on it. The topic is below: "What ideas does the author develop regarding the impact of a significant event on the attainment of self-fulfillment?"...

Essay Topic

I have this essay topic and need help on it. The topic is below:

"What ideas does the author develop regarding the impact of a significant event on the attainment of self-fulfillment?"

So I have to write an essay on the above topic.The essay has to be based on a text we have studied in class.

The texts we have studied are as follows:

Short Stories: X, The lamp at noon, The doll's house, Saturday climbing, the scythe and the lottery.

Play: Macbeth and the crucible.

 

Can anyone help me on how to get started on this topic?

Thanks in advance.

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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Essay Topic

I have this essay topic and need help on it. The topic is below:

"What ideas does the author develop regarding the impact of a significant event on the attainment of self-fulfillment?"

So I have to write an essay on the above topic.The essay has to be based on a text we have studied in class.

The texts we have studied are as follows:

Short Stories: X, The lamp at noon, The doll's house, Saturday climbing, the scythe and the lottery.

Play: Macbeth and the crucible.

 

Can anyone help me on how to get started on this topic?

Thanks in advance.

I don't know if this fits the bill exactly, but if I had to write this essay, I would choose A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen.

Women in the setting of the play are repressed by society. The play's title comes from Nora's treatment as a child rather than a grown woman.

The significant event in the story is when Nora realizes she has sacrificed everything (including her peace of mind, scrimping and saving, and secretly taking in copy work) to pay for an IOU she took to save her husband's life when he was so ill—and all he cares about is his reputation. What will people think of HIM if they find out that Nora borrowed money illegally?

Nora decides to leave Torvald in order to find self-fulfillment. And because I feel strongly about how unfairly her husband treats Nora, even in light of social expectations of the time, I would find it easier to write on this play.

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The Lottery IS a about fulfillment, at least from a Marxist perspective -- the few and powerful control the many through the threat of the lottery. They are able to cement their positions of authority by scapegoating.

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I'll vote for The Crucible.  John Proctor is a tormented man because he has sinned not only against God but against who he knows himself to be--a man of character, righteousness, and strength.  When he is given the opportunity to save his body from the gallows, he finds he must save his soul and can not sign.  He only has one thing left of any value--his name (symbolic of his character, his soul, that which will live longer than his body).  That significant event is a moment of eternal self-fulfillment, since he dies shortly after this event. 

If you can find something with which you have some passion, that's the one to choose.  For me it would be John Proctor in The Crucible.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Macbeth is the obvious choice, of course, as there is a significant event which leads directly to the character's self-fulfillment.

"The Lottery," on the other hand, is much more difficult to assess, as there is no one character who achieves self-fulfillment.  It is the town, I think, that achieves its end after the quite significant event of escaping the black dot on a piece of paper. 

Once you've done as #4 suggested, you'll be able to find something which strikes a chord with you, and the writing will be much easier. 

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I agree with ask996 that you should focus on Macbeth. The three Witches play a pivotal role in the play, setting into motion the machinery of Macbeth's political ambitions and Lady Macbeth's forceful projection of her own ambitions onto her husband.

One of the timeless questions that is debated by readers of the play is, "Would Macbeth have taken the step of assassinating Duncan had he not heard the prophecy of the Witches?" You could explore this idea in your paper. Good luck on your assignment!

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Well, in the Williams Shakespeare play, Macbeth, the three hags predicted Macbeth would be king. Rather than wait for a natural course of events to transpire, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth took fate into their own hands. Quite literally, really. How did the fulfillment of this prophesy affect Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Was becoming King what they imagined it would be? Was the experience a rewarding one?

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che1903 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

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I have this essay topic and need help on it. The topic is below:

The Peculiarities of the East European States’ Development in the Post-war Period''. ı have academic article from database ı must will summarized this article

ı can send this article.

Can anyone help me on how to get started on this topic?Thanks in advance.

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Before you start writing an essay, try doing a little brainstorming activity. Write down on a piece of paper, the works you studied, then write down next to them significant events, then in another column write down their self-attainment. Then after you do that, write down what you think the author was trying to say about those for each work. Then you should have enough for a thesis statement with controlling ideas.

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