ENG2172 Essay Three

ENG2172 Essay Three

ENG2172 Essay Three


For this essay, discuss how you see a common theme in at least one work we have covered from the 1940s to the 1970s, at least one work we have covered from the 1980s-2000s, and at least one work we have covered from the current era.


Here are these works by era:

1940s to 1970s

Point of No Return

“Like a Winding Sheet”

Something Happened

Sometimes a Great Notion

“Dolores Dante, Waitress”


1980s to 2000

Rabbit is Rich


“The Cleaning Woman”

“And the Earth Did Not Devour Him”



2000s to Current Era


“Self-Inquiry before the Job Interview”

“My Father Teaches Me to Dream”

Then We Came to the End


A theme should be a specific phrase, not a word or a sentence. Examples of themes might be The disjointed identity of the middle class worker or The increasing importance of branding oneself at work or Teamwork in the white collar workplace.


The essay should be minimum 4 pages and use MLA format for overall formatting, in-text citations, and the Works Cited. The works you are analyzing must be cited, and you are not required to include secondary sources for this paper.


Introduction: In 1-2 paragraphs, give your topic background and context (including the titles and authors of the works you are examining). The introduction should build smoothly to your thesis.

Thesis: In one sentence at the end of the introduction, name the theme that runs through the works you have selected.


Body Paragraphs: The paper body should consist of focused and well-developed paragraphs that address how the theme is seen in each work.


Conclusion: The conclusion paragraph should lend the paper closure in whatever manner you choose.