Just to get you thinking about your final MLA rhetorical essays: below are three choices you have for an argumentative essay. Pay careful attention to whether or not you must argue in the affirmative (yes to the proposition) or negative (no to the proposition).
The reason for this is twofold: first, even if you disagree (or agree) with a proposition, you should know how to argue the opposing side effectively as this will make your own reasoning on an argument much stronger.
If you’ve ever been in a formal debate in school, you will know that sometimes you have to defend a position you disagree with (for or against the “House”). When you argue a position you are not familiar with, it challenges your preconceptions about a topic, and so gives you a “depth” of understanding to a topic you would not normally consider. This is what a good rhetorical paper should do!
You may choose one of the following for your essay (including how you must respond to the question):
(1) Is genuine platonic love between a man and woman in the modern ideology impossible, as Tolkien suggests? (Answers must be in the affirmative).
(2) Do Human Rights Actually exist? (Answers must be in the negative).
(3) Is the value of modern post-secondary education collapsing? (Answers must be in the affirmative).
Once you have chosen your topic, I will host individual zoom meetings on each topic individually so we can discuss each paper topic as per your choice.