[ORDER SOLUTION] Structuralism Essay
Write a 700- to 1,050-word essay analyzing a selected work of literature from the section in Texts and Contexts Chapter 5 entitled “Practicing Structuralist and Deconstructive Criticism” (pp. 194-198). The literary works from which to choose include an advertisement and three poems: “Cut through the anxiety…” an advertisement from USC, “London” by William Blake, “Ethics” by Linda Pastan,” and “Death Be Not Proud” by John Donne. Interpret the theme(s) of the work through a structuralist, poststructuralist, or deconstructionist lens. Use examples (quotes & specific details) from the selected work to demonstrate what you have determined to be the theme of the work. Use at least two academic or peer-reviewed secondary sources to help you define your chosen theory, and demonstrate how the theory brings the reader closer to the meaning of the work. Linda Pastan: Ethics R.T. Smith In ethics class so many years ago our teacher asked this question every fall: If there were a fire in a museum, which would you save, a Rembrandt painting or an old woman who hadnt many years left anyhow? Restless on hard chairs caring little for pictures or old age wed opt one year for life, the next for art and always half-heartedly. Sometimes the woman borrowed my grandmothers face leaving her usual kitchen to wander some drafty, half-imagined museum. One year, feeling clever, I replied why not let the woman decide herself? Linda, the teacher would report, eschews the burdens of responsibility. This fall in a real museum I stand before a real Rembrandt, old woman, or nearly so, myself. The colors within this frame are darker than autumn, darker even than winter the browns of earth, though earths most radiant elements burn through the canvas. I know now that woman and painting and season are almost one and all beyond the saving of children.