For this job you will need to read or know about Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee. Directions: 1.Choose one of the topics/approaches provided below for you. 2.Write a working thesis statement for the topic and approach you chose. Your thesis statement must be an analysis, not just a statement of fact about the novel. 3. Write a brief few sentences explaining why you chose this topic. Choose one of these topics to write a thesis statement and please explain why you chose it: Topics/ approaches (Focus on only one of the following, though some may overlap): 1. Analyze one of the minor characters, such as Petrus. Example: Analyze not only the chosen characters’ personality but also what role they played in advancing the overall theme of the novel. 2. The protagonist’s conflict, the hurdles to be overcome, and how he resolves it. Examples: It could be hope for change, both in South Africa and in David Lurie. OR: the disgrace David Lurie has suffered over the affair with a student and how that matches the disgrace South Africa has suffered through apartheid. 3. The function of setting to reinforce theme and characterization. Example: post-apartheid South Africa is a setting arguably more important than anything else in the novel. Your outside sources would be a bit of history concerning apartheid.The use of literary devices to communicate theme: imagery, metaphor, symbolism, foreshadowing, irony 4. Symbolism in the novel– Examples: Another example: What is symbolized by the opera David Lurie is writing on Byron? 5. Careful examination of one or more central scenes and its/their crucial role in plot development, resolution of conflict, and exposition of the theme. Example: Analyze one or more scenes in which hope that change for the better is possible through a character’s remorse and subsequent action, for example, the scene in which David Lurie apologizes to the parents OR the scene in which Lucy gets raped.
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