You may write about any text we’ve read this semester (novel, poem, or film). It’s o.k. if it’s the same text you wrote about for an earlier paper; however, you may not use any of the material you wrote for your previous essay in this final paper. Choose one of the topics from the attached topic sheet or create your own topic and have it approved by me. After choosing a topic, it’s your job to narrow the topic down and to develop a specific thesis that makes an argument. Your essay should then support, develop, and explore this thesis by using your careful analysis of the text as your primary source of evidence. Ultimately, your goal is to make a thoughtful, cogent argument about an interesting thing you think the text is doing. To help you develop your main ideas, you may want to consider one of the following questions: How does the text’s language engage with some aspect of the text’s historical, social, or cultural context? How does the text represent a specific worldview or set of values? How does the text try to express a particular argument? How does the text puzzle over, explore, or seek to solve a particular problem? How does the text make a claim? How does the text use or experiment with a formal element (figurative language, a rhetorical device, narrative structure, etc)?