What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” by Sherman Alexie,Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes and Helen on Eighty-Sixth Street” by Wendi Kaufman
Life is not always fair. Sometimes, a person is born into a family that has problems or into a society that poses challenges for the individual. Society can make life difficult, just as imperfect families can. But life is not just about the disadvantages we all face, but about how we handle life’s difficulties or unfair elements, and either rise above them or learn to face and deal with the challenges and not become defeated by them.
In a 500-word-minimum essay, discuss how the narrators, speakers or main characters of two of the three following works deal with the difficulties or unfair elements that they face in life. Discuss two of the works listed below. (You are welcome to discuss all 3, but only 2 are required.) Your discussion must include at least one direct quotation (with page number) from each of the two works that you discuss.
—”What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” by Sherman Alexie (253 – 261)
—”Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes (776 – 778)
—”Helen on Eighty-Sixth Street” by Wendi Kaufman (81 – 88)
Your Final Exam essay should follow the usual academic essay format, with an Introduction paragraph that includes a clear thesis statement, body paragraphs that are clearly organized, and a clear Conclusion. You do not need to include a Works Cited page for this Final
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