CART Essay Topics (“Plot & Conflict”)

1. A common human impulse is the desire for that which
represents an ideal. An ideal may be represented in the physical,
intellectual, moral, practical, or emotional attributes of another
person or way of life. Literature offers many examples of the
ways in which an individual is influenced by an ideal. What ideas
does the author develop regarding the influence of an ideal on
individual behavior?

2. We o�en make choices whose outcomes are in some ways
uncertain. Sometimes the manner in which we pursue happiness
and satisfaction in life o�en lead to quite the opposite outcome.
Looking at two or more of the texts studied in the course,
explore critically the ways in which individuals pursue or
compromise their happiness.

3. A trusted friend or betraying ally are recurring elements in
fiction. In what ways and to what extent have at least two writers
in your study made some use of such characterization?

4. Design an essay question of your own. Although you may want
to explore another topic altogether, please see Mr. Paul in
advance to discuss in more detail.