Write an essay of 1300-1500 words in which you identify an interpretive problem in one of the two essays we have read thus far (“Speaking in Tongues” or “Tense Present”). This problem can be a tension, a gap, an ambiguity, or a source of potential misunderstanding. Make a claim about the problem you identify and its implications for your reader’s interpretation of the text as a whole. In other words, how might you interpret this problem?
You must support your claim with evidence culled from a close reading of one or more passages from your source text. In addition, you must try to establish a motive for your essay; how do your claim and analysis of your interpretive problem help your reader understand the text in a new and important way? Keep in mind, your goal in this essay is not to praise or critique the writer or his/her views; instead, your essay should strive for a deeper understanding of the author’s writing choices and how these affect the essay as a whole.
When writing your essay, assume your audience for this essay is another intelligent and intellectually curious Columbia undergraduate who has not read your source text (and may be completely unfamiliar with its author and context). Your essay should seek to clearly and eloquently convince your audience that your claim is both persuasive and important. Formal and final drafts must include with one-inch citations margins and a Works and stapled. Cited page Include in MLA a title, style. page Essays numbers must and be essay in a word 12-point count. font, For double-spaced, formatting guidelines, refer to your syllabus.