This essay assignment is going to use all three of the essays we have read so far (Dillard, Appiah, and Pratt).
All three of these essays are a part of a larger “conversation.” Now, imagine how you would step into this conversation. To do this, think about how each of these essays has a thesis that goes beyond the specific examples cited in the text. As an example, Dillard talks about “Seeing” and that she sees what she expects (20). Dillard focuses on nature, specifically the area around Tinker Creek, yet her ideas go beyond Tinker Creek. For example, how many people see a homeless person and assume that person is a drug-addict, and alcoholic, and will steal your car if you don’t lock the door when you are driving. That’s what some people “see.” It very well may be that the homeless person is none of those things. Dillard said nothing about homeless people, yet her essay and concepts have a connection, when taken in a larger sense, to how we see in any given situation. This applies to all three essays.
With that in mind, brainstorm some ideas for a thesis. These three essays are your sources for a larger argument that you want to make. Review all your notes and postings—especially your summaries of the essays. You will find them useful, and, you might even be able to use your summaries (with some revision) as a part of this essay.
A clear and focused thesis
Your thesis is supported with evidence from the sources (Dillard, Appiah, Pratt)
Thesis is supported with evidence from the sources