Essays must be a minimum of 5 full pages in length (no more than 7),
includes one potential counterargument and respond to it.
required readings before writing:
Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe, translated by Ronald Melville (Oxford, ISBN: 9780199555147)
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, translated by Tim Parks (Penguin, ISBN: 9780143105862)
Respond to one of the following prompts:
Prompt 1: In “The Freedom of a Christian,” Luther writes that the Christian is both a “perfectly free lord of all, subject to no one,” and a “perfectly dutiful servant, subject to all” (1). How does this description apply to Machiavelli’s characterization of an effective prince?
Note: do not focus on the obvious differences between the texts — for example, that Machiavelli rejects Christian values as the basis for effective rule — but instead argue how the authors’ views on freedom are similar.
Prompt 2: According to Lucretius(On the nature of universe) and Machiavelli(the price), how should we respond to a world in constant change?
Note: argue how the authors’ views on this topic are similar.
citation:Cite Luther, and Machiavelli by page number. Cite Lucretius by book and line number.
format: double spaced, time roman 12
- Must be debatable
- Comes at or near the end of intro paragraph
- Argument and claim clarification (i.e. clarify why the claim is reasonable. This usually ties into your argument.)
- Argument driven:
- Each paragraph should advance your argument (rule of thumb: one main point per paragraph)
- Only summarize where necessary. (If an entire paragraph only summarizes the text, do you need it?)
- Quote from the text(s) to support your argument.
- Explain your quotes. Break it down and explain how you interpret the quote to support your argument.
- Counterargument (C-A):
- Is this a strong counter argument? (Is this something a reasonable-minded friend who you respect might argue?)
- Signal the C-A (i.e. “Some may argue that…”)
- Respond to the C-A (i.e. “This perspective does not undermine the main argument because…”)
- Usually a paragraph in length and should come right after the point to which it is most relevant
- (USUALLY NOT your intro, your first main body paragraph, or conclusion.)