The Assignment: For this assignment, you will center your essay on a specific question drawn from Wolff’s This Boy’s Life.You will select two essays from “Chapter 14: Happiness and Its Discontents” and stage a critical debate between yourself and two authors by drawing on quotations from their essays and your knowledge of each author’s critical lens. Your paper will be evaluated on the strength of your question, the degree to which you critically engage with and synthesize your selected essays, and the originality and complexity of your analysis.
In addition: please fill out the tic pre form in another file.
Chapter 14 Readings:
What Suffering Does by David Brooks
High Performance Happy by Cliff Oxford
Happy Like God by Simon Critchley
Happiness: Enough Already by Sharon Begley
Yes, Money Can Make You Happy by Cass R. Sunstein
Finding Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
A Balanced Psychology And A Full Life by Martin E.P. Seligman, Acacia C. Parks, and Tracy Steen
The Dalai Lama’s Ski Trip: What I Learned In The Slush With His Holiness by Douglas Preston
Pig Happiness? By Lynne McFall
In Pursuit of Happiness by Mark Kingwell
Preparation: Make sure that you choose your essays carefully. In your essay, you must provide at least two quotations from each source. As part of your final grade, you must complete a typed TiC Prep for the two essays you discuss.
Organization: Your essay must be clearly organized, but you must decide what kind of organization (ie rhetorical strategy!) works best for you. For this essay, I suggest first-person narrative framework. In any case, your specific question should be immediately obvious and you must introduce each essay clearly the first time that you reference that essay. Successful essays will end with a clearly written conclusion that summarizes the debate and highlights its complexity.
Format: 5 pages.Please follow MLA formatting conventions (double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-pt. font, 1” margins).