“I will learn from me, from myself, I will be my own pupil.” –Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
This week, we began crafting our own unique, individual questions based on a topic of interest from the novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse in order to write a 2-4 page literary analysis essay.
Some examples of students’ questions are:
- How do the characters in the novel help or hinder Siddhartha on his journey?
- What can nature teach us?
- What is the role of the word OM in the novel?
- How does Hesse’s use of antiquated language contribute to the reader’s experience?
- How do snakes function as symbols of both danger and rebirth in the novel?
The essay guidelines are as follows:
- Create your own question
- Do outside research using credible sources to build background knowledge on your topic (Cite your source in Works Cited page at the end of the essay)
- Analyze the text to find insight that helps answer your question
- Use strong and thorough evidence (QUOTES) from the novel to prove your thesis
- Organize your ideas in a cohesive and coherent manner
- Maintain a formal style of writing that incorporates academic and Sanskrit vocabulary and your own individual writing voice. NO YOU’s or I’s!!!
- Follow the conventions of standard written English, including correct comma usage
- Incorporate a variety of sentence structures. There should be no fragments or run-on sentences in your paper
- Follow the format taught in class for how to write an effective introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion
Rough draft, Monday, May 8th
Published Piece, Friday, May 12th