Task 3: Choose one of the following tasks

In the last part of the paper you have to choose between a comment assignment (3.1) and a creative assignment (3.2) in which you are asked to imagine and write down the dreams of the thirteen-year old girl.

Task 3: comment

Wording of assignment: Comment on Oates’ poem as a statement on the American Dream (Evaluation: comment)

This assignment type is a lot like a discussion in that it is basically a critical comment in which your personal position is included. A comment is thus different from both the analysis and the summary in that you have to bring your own opinion in play.

Focus points in the comment

In this specific comment assignment you are asked to comment on Dreaming America as a statement on the American Dream. You have probably read some texts during the school year about the American Dream, so you are probably familiar with the following keywords and statements:

  • Freedom
  • Equality
  • The promise that everyone has a possibility of prosperity, success and happiness (cf. ‘The Land of Opportunities’)
  • The promise that each individual is the master of his/ her own

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