The archetype of destruction wrought by conflict seething within the family dynamic is best exemplified in Hanif Kureishi’s“My Son, the Fanatic”when “Parvez [kicks Ali] over… [He knows] the boy is unreachable, but he [strikes] him nonetheless.” Broadly speaking, conflicts in familial relationships are among those most familiar to society, as they exist in relationships with which nearly everyone has experience. However, despite these issues, as a direct result of relationships tending toward their more stable, reconciled state, family members more often than not find ways in which to resolve their differences and find peace. Hence, in accordance with its long-held tradition of mirroring the struggles experienced by the societies in which it is born, literature has come to reflect these behaviors of human life. Three works, “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin, and “My Son, the Fanatic” by Hanif Kureishi, converge upon the common theme that bilateral conflict arises in familial relationships when parties cannot accept each other as they are, and one attempts to impose its own will forcibly upon another. Conversely, the aforementioned works also show that reconciliation of such conflict is enabled when both parties accept one another despite their differences.
Directions: Answer the following question. Plan your answer before you begin to write out the essay. Use SPECIFIC examples from the readings to explain and support your ideas.
Question: One of the “universal themes” of many of these stories involves reconciliation. Think about what causes conflict in familial relationships and what enables reconciliation. Choose THREE works of literature and discuss this theme.
Length Requirement: 5.5-6 pages. Go beyond the 5-paragraph format.
Formatting Requirement: Adhere to MLA guidelines, make works cited
Make sure you include a title for your analysis. Your title must clearly indicate that this is an essay about (the) literature.
– At the end of your first paragraph, include a clear, direct thesis statement Links to an external site. Links to an external site. in your essay’s introduction that provides focus for your discussion. Your thesis must clearly focus on the prompt, and it must offer up a statement that needs to be proven in your discussion.
– In your introduction, you must also preview the works you will discuss in the order you discuss them. Mention both the authors and the “titles” (in quotations not italics). Also, make certain the works you choose are from the “Living in Families” unit.
– Write in present tense . When you write about literature, use present tense—the words continue to speak to you from the page.
– Make sure you supply sufficient textual evidence Download textual evidence to support your ideas. In each body paragraph of your essay, provide 2 to 3 direct quotations to indicate a close reading of the literature. This does not mean “padding” your essays with lengthy quotations. Choose quotations wisely, integrate them correctly, and analyze them in your discussion.
– Remember—and I can’t stress this enough—the essay is not merely a series of plot summaries Download plot summaries. Rather, I am more interested in what you have to say about the literature and any comparisons or contrasts you can make.