This Paper requires reading a short book called Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. There are 2 purposes of the Ishmael paper. One is to ensure that the themeless, ideas, and lessons in Ishmael are understood, Second, it is to encourage deep and critical thinking about the ideas, themes, and lessons of the book.
1) It should not be a summary of the book, if needed then a VERY small proportion of the paper could be to summarize some main ideas in the book ONLY to make the argument.
2) The essay must contain a thesis in the beginning, and the rest of the essay should be written in support of this thesis. (It could be a persuasive essay but it does not have to be so long as it has clear focus and organization.
3) The essay should clearly demonstrate that we have read and reflected on the ENTIRE book (so responding to just one chapter WON’T cut it). It should be grounded in the broad themes of the book, or particular ideas found poignant and our reactions to them. NOT just collections of our musings about life.
4) Even though the paper should be in an academic style, it should talk about how the book affected us, as an individual, so first person can be used in these terms.
5) Grading will be on a) your understanding of the text (broad themes, ideas, main messages) as you demonstrate it with your writing, b) the appropriateness, depth, and quality of your thesis, c) how well you support your thesis (which means that things like organization, diction, grammar, eloquence, and conciseness matter a great deal), and d) the depth of your analysis: I want you at a level of synthesis—taking the ideas of the book, combining them with your own ideas and knowledge to create novel ideas—and deep self-reflection, not mere description.