Choose one of the options listed below to write a three-page essay analyzing a work of early American literature â€“ use and incorporate literary scholarship and criticism to support your argument/analysis.
1. Discuss the concepts of Puritanism and illustrate their significance in one of the following works:
A. The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson â€“ Mary Rowlandson
B. â€œThe Trial of Bridget Bishopâ€ â€“ Cotton Mather
C. â€œSinners in the Hands of an Angry Godâ€ â€“ Jonathan Edwards
D. Two of Anne Bradstreetâ€™s poems listed on the syllabus 2. Define irony and explain how Benjamin Franklin uses irony to mock gender inequality, early American laws, and the court system throughout his famous satire, â€œThe Speech of Polly Baker.â€
3. Discuss the concepts of the American Revolutionary War and illustrate their significance in one of the following works: A. Common Sense â€“ Thomas Paine B. The American Crisis â€“ Thomas Paine.
Sources: At least two (2) critical sources from Calhounâ€™s library, as well as the text itself, must be cited in the body of your paper and documented on a separate Works Cited page in accordance with the MLA style format. Libraryâ€™s database: https://calhoun.edu/library/ Person: Third Person Only (they, he, she, it) DO NOT USE FIRST OR SECOND PERSON! Length: 3 page minimum (This does not mean 2 Â½ pages) Tense: In referring to events that occur within the context of the work of literature, your essay should consistently use present tense verbs. Format: Your essay must be typed, double spaced, and follow MLA format. In addition to the essay, you must submit a Works Cited page. Avoid contractions, slang, clichÃ©s, etc. All essays will be scanned for plagiarism using the software, SafeAssign. Please review the syllabus for information about plagiarism.