CHOOSE ONE of those prompts:
1) An effective literary work does not merely stop or cease; it concludes. In the view of some critics, a work that does not provide the pleasure of significant “closure” has terminated with an artistic fault. A satisfactory ending is not, however, always conclusive in every sense; significant closure may require the reader to abide with or adjust to ambiguity and uncertainty. In an essay, discuss the ending of Watchmen. Explain precisely how and why the ending appropriately or inappropriately concludes the work. Do not merely summarize the plot.
2) The conflict created when the will of an individual opposes the will of the majority is the recurring theme of many novels and plays. From Watchmen, select a fictional character who is in opposition to his or her society. In a critical essay, analyze the conflict and discuss the moral and ethical implications for both the individual and the society. Do not summarize the plot or action of the work.
3)In some novels and plays certain parallel or recurring events prove to be significant. In an essay, describe the major similarities and differences in a sequence of parallel or recurring events in Watchmen and discuss the significance of such events. Do not merely summarize the plot.
4) Choose an implausible or strikingly unrealistic incident or character in Watchmen. Write an essay that explains how the incident or character is related to the more realistic or plausible elements in the rest of the work. Avoid plot summary.
5) Choose a complex and important character in Watchmenwho might — on the basis of the character’s actions alone — be considered evil or immoral. In a well9organized essay, explain both how and why the full presentation of the character in the work makes us react more sympathetically than we otherwise might. Avoid plot summary.
Please choose a prompt you feel somewhat comfortable with actually writing. This essay will be a minimum of 5 pages (6 pages will be good), double-spaced, in proper MLA 8 format. This essay is to reflect the understanding, ideas, and interpretations of Watchmen — ABSOLUTELY NO RESEARCH should be involved in this assignment. Please be sure to view the VeraCite report after you have posted your essay. Any “matches” to online sources could seriously affect my grade. So please make sure no plagiarism.
This is not a book report or book review. Be sure that you offer a clear claim (thesis), and then defend your thesis with examples, evidence, and explanation. I am expecting polished prose. Your writing should be clear and concise with few errors.