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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/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

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/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 3

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...

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