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Using James Olney’s “‘I was born’: Slave Narratives, Their Status as Autobiography and as Literature” and other essays in The Slave’s Narrative, ed. Charles T. Davis and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., write an essay of at least 3 full pages in which you evaluate how “authentic” a slave narrative is by analyzing it against his criterion for slave narratives. Please note: The works cited page is an additional page and doesn’t count as one of the pages for the 3-page requirement.

1–Choose one of the three slave narratives we have read–Douglass, Jacobs, or Equiano.

2–In your essay, analyze that narrative against EACH of Olney’s characteristics of slave narratives. After you complete an itemized analysis of each of the characteristics, draw an overall conclusion of how “authentic” your slave narrative is according to Olney’s characteristics.

3–Please do not write a plot summary of the narrative. Use the slave narrative to support what you say about it in your analysis. Essays that are primarily plot summaries and are less than the 3 full pages requirement will not earn more than 50%.

4–Don’t forget to cite parenthetically as well as in a list of work cited any information you borrow. Remember, you have to borrow from the text of the slave narrative as well as Olney’s characteristics, so both of them must be cited. The citation information for the Olney article is found at the beginning. Other than using the narrative and Olney’s list of characteristics, all of the analysis should come from you, not from websites or other sources.

5–Please write a college-level essay with an introduction, thesis, body paragraphs, and conclusion. Please do not submit a list of answers. Write an essay. Please write all responses in essay format

6–Be sure to balance directly quoting and paraphrasing.

7–Your essay must be formatted according to MLA guidelines


Links: http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/douglass/douglass.html

http://history.hanover.edu/texts/equiano/equiano_c…

http://docsouth.unc.edu/fpn/jacobs/jacobs.html

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