Question: Given the parallels between the drama, characters, and themes of the two works, consider how The Truman Show and Plato’s ‘Allegory of the Cave’ both teach us about humanity’s search for the real. Think about which characters want reality and which don’t. Ask yourself what motivates them. Stepping back, explain what this tells us about the human desire for reality and the obstacles that stand in its way.
Format: 2-3 pages, Times New Roman, 12pt font, 1-inch margins, double-spaced.
Due Date: 9am on September 8th. Must be uploaded as PDF or word document. No other format will be accepted as an on time submission. Be sure to check that you have received a submission receipt before assuming it is successfully turned in.
Citation Instructions: Simply put the title of the work you are quoting in parentheses.
Submission Instructions: Upload a PDF or a word document to Brightspace. Be sure that you receive a receipt, confirming a successful upload. If you do not, be sure to email me a copy of the paper before the due date.
Advice on How to Proceed:
Think carefully about the question and brainstorm ideas before you begin.As you arrange these ideas, formulate a thesis. Plan the structure of your paper as a defense of this thesis.You should have an introductory paragraph, at least three distinct body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Make sure to articulate your thesis clearly in your introductory paragraph.Make sure each body paragraph has a point and that it clearly contributes to the case you are making.Use evidence. Quotes and details should be carefully selected to strengthen your argument. To make a rich argument in two or three pages will require a good deal of time spent editing. Every sentence counts. Remove all wordiness and needless repetition.Don’t consult the internet.Proofread for spelling, awkward phrasing, and grammar at least twice. Outloud.If you’re worried, come talk to me.
Plagiarism and How to Avoid it
Plagiarism is the presentation of another person’s work as one’s own, (i.e., without proper acknowledgment of the source). The sole exception to the requirement of acknowledging sources is when the ideas, information, etc. are common knowledge
While you may think that only extreme cases (say, purchasing a paper on the internet) count as plagiarism, you commit plagiarism any time you fail to cite your sources.There are three main kinds of plagiarism:
Insufficient paraphrase: Rephrasing another person’s words and present the ideas behind them as your own.Word-for-word plagiarism: Copying a whole phrase from someone else’s work (7 or more words) and presenting it as your own.Borrowed facts or information: Taking facts you gathered through research and presenting them as if they were common knowledge.What Sources Count in Plagiarism Cases?
Plagiarism can involve any kind of source material. Common examples include:
a book or articlea websitea fellow student’s papera you-tube videoWhat Should I do if I Feel Overwhelmed by this Assignment?
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