Compare and contrast the theme of desire in two of the texts on the reading list.*
You may NOT write about The Minister’s Black Veil, Bartleby, “Live Oak, with Moss,” Impressions of an Indian Childhood, or Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
Give interpretations of Emily Dickinson’s “There’s a Certain Slant of Light” and “I Like a Look of Agony,” making sure to discuss in detail how Dickinson’s poetic techniques (formal features) influence your interpretations. (Texts provided on page 2 of this exam)
Discuss the relationship between Vladek’s story and Artie’s story in Maus: make sure to discuss how these stories relate to each other, and how Spiegelman uses his comic art to make connections between these stories.
*Reading list for questions 1 and 2: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Franklin’s Autobiography, Self-Reliance, The Yellow Wallpaper, Mrs. Spring Fragrance, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “The Young Housewife,” A Rose for Emily, A Streetcar Named Desire, Giovanni’s Room, “Daddy,” “In the Waiting Room,” Sula, Maus.
Emily Dickinson’s poems:
There's a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes.
Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings are.
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