In a 3-4 page essay you will compare Crevecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer with one of the texts we have read thus far. You must use one of the
prompts to develop your comparison. Please use MLA citations, proper margins, 12 point TImes New Roman font. If you neglect any of these requirements it
will effect your grade.
1) Crevecouer’s Letters develop how both human nature and the natural world are represented in both a rural/pastoral landscape and a urban setting. How
does each environment affect Farmer James? How does human nature, especially the descriiption of slavery in Charles Town compare with androids in Do
Android’s Dream of Electric Sheep?
2) How does the pastoral and rural utopic ideal in Letters compare to the terrifying and dystopic landscapes Parable of the Sower? Is Lauren similar to
Farmer James? Are corporate town’s like Olivar similar to Charles Town? How is 21st century slavery different from 18th century? How does Butler’s use of
nature in 21st century America compare to Crevecoeur’s descriiption of 18th century America?
3) In Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake how is nature represented? Is there any semblance of the pastoral, like in Creveceour’s early letters? What about
extinction? If Crevecoeur were alive today, how would he respond to Atwood’s vision of America? How does the corporate culture of Atwood’s dystopia relate
to the culture of greed and excess in Charles Town? Are the CorpSeCorp’s the new slavery?
You must support your argument(s) with evidence from both texts. If you have any questions please e-mail me. Do not e-mail me the night before the paper
Professor NOTE: Again, do not summarize the plot. If you do I will not grade your paper.
TEXT WE need for the essay is Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (ISBN # 0446675504)