Rhetoric 1—Fall 2014
Essay Topics and Instructions for Essay #3
“In Jose Saramago’s novel Blindness, situations and exchanges echo philosophical ideas found in Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein’s book Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar. For this synthesis essay, pick a passage (or passages) from Blindness that exemplifies (or exemplify) one philosophical idea and write a clear, well-organized, well-argued essay in which you synthesize the philosophical principle of your choice with action or events from Blindness. Your essay should be at least 2500 words. (Put the word count at the end of your essay.) Support your essay with short quotes designed to support your argument. In this essay, be sure to include some material from Blindness that we did not go over in class; delve into the text for your own, unique examples.”
Your essay must include: (for each omitted, the final essay grade will be reduced by 1/3)
o A Works Cited list
o Correct Formatting