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Choose a question from 1-5 and write an essay based on the following readings. Include TEXTUAL EVIDENCE AND CITATIONS throught the paper.
Readings:
a. Austen, Pride and Prejudice
b. Machado de Assis, The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas
c. Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
d. Kafka, The Metamorphosis
e. Woolf, To the Lighthouse
f. Césaire, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land
g. Morrison, Song of Solomon
h. Rankine, Citizen
i. Kim, Commons
Prompts:
1. Discuss the role of property in two of the above works. How do characters evaluate (or value) property? Who owns what? How is ownership determined, and what does ownership mean?
2. Discuss the role of humor in two of the above works. What uses does humor have for the author and/or the characters? How does humor advance the works’ meaning?
3.Compare how two of the works treat domestic versus public space. Who has the most agency in each sphere? How do the spheres overlap? Where does the work locate the possibility for the greatest change?
4. Discuss the relationship between naming and identity in two of the above works. Does someone “earn” a name, or is a name given? What is the difference? How do identities form?
5. Consider the ancient concept of nostos as it applies to two of the works above. What does it mean to “return” home? How does the notion of return inform the concept of home and vice versa?

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