FYS 101 Essay 2 Assignment
Wed., 10-6, beginning of class. Discuss your complete draft with me, Michael,
or Kristy by the end of the day on Monday.
an essay of three to five typed, double-spaced pages on one of the following
topics. Use page numbers and type no larger than 12 points and no smaller
than 10. You may use as support in the essay your own experiences, Smoke
Signals, Taxi Driver, or the appropriate chapters from Aristotle,
or some combination of these.
1. Explore how friendships end. Do they follow a pattern as they collapse? Do they end suddenly or only very gradually? Where does the end of a friendship begin? What are the most common reasons for their failure? Be specific in your arguments and use examples to support your ideas. (Beware of generalizing. Focus on a particular relationship.)
What factor or factors in friendship does Aristotle leave out? Is there
anything about being involved in a close relationship that he fails to
fully explore or is wrong about? (You might consider friendship across
gender, age, cultural, or class lines.) (Beware of generalizing. Focus
on a particular relationship.)
How fundamental to friendship is a common moral code? Explore how differences
in moral values affect friendships. (Beware of generalizing. Focus on
a particular relationship.)
Remember that simply saying something doesnt make it so; supply
examples to illustrate and support your arguments. If you like, you may
lead with examples and then draw conclusions based on them.
3. You may draw on ideas presented in the class discussion, but dont limit yourself to rehashing what has already been said about the texts. Offer your own thought and interpretation as well. Explore new ground whenever you can. It proves to me that youre learning to think for yourself.