The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Ivan Turgenev in "The Execution of Tropmann" and Seneca in "Slaves" both share strong opinions on slaves/servants.

A) What did each man reveal about the nature of "the slave and the servant" in his essay?

B) What did each man reveal about the nature of "the master" in his essay?

C) Compare the two philosophies. Are they compatible?

Essay Topic 2

Sei Shonagon in "Hateful Things" and William Hazlitt in "On the Pleasure of Hating" both talk about the nature of hatred.

A) Is hate a healthy emotion, according to either author? Compare their views on the healthiness of hate.

B) What types of things are hated by each author? Are there more useful things than others to hate? What types of things might be too insignificant to hate?

Essay Topic 3

Big events are the topic of James Baldwin's "Notes on a Native Son" and Richard...

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