you will need to have access to the book “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym” and “PYM” by Matt Johnson to help you write this 1000-2000 word essay. http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ma98/silverman/poe/agp_ep1.html

This site will give you the book “The Narrative…..” 

I need it to be done by Friday November 4th, 2016. 

The standard rules apply:

1. You needto start your paper by stating both the problem AND the solution; the questionAND the answer.  The ending of Pym leaves all sorts of thingsunresolved and yet is still a resolution. Why? How?

2. Evidencewill be key. If you are trying to persuade your reader that your answer isplausible or that your solution is true,, you will not want to rely on mereassertion. You will want to show how and why it is plausible and true.  This means that you will want to quote yourtext. Quote it. Don’t paraphrase it. If you do have to provide plot summary,make it quick and make sure that you emphasize only the details that count foryour argument. And give page references.

3. You will want to apply “Occam’s razor” to your solution/answer. William of Okham was amedieval philosopher who argued that in every hypothesis, the best answer is the one that relies on the fewest assumptions.  Oneof the reasons for this is that you have to articulate those assumptions anddefend them. Your position will become more untenable with every assumptionthat you rely on. Scientists and mathematicians aspire to “elegance”—that is,simplicity. You should too. 

4. One of your first assumptions should be that everything in a text is there for areason.  You cannot ask the writerwhy it is there and she probably couldn’t tell you anyway. You have to come upwith an explanation that makes sense.  Inorder for it to make sense,  yourexplanation has to take the whole work into consideration.  Poe doesn’t have to go any further in hisbook: all he needs to provide a resolution for his plot is to see that reallybig white guy. That means that you might need to reconsider what the plot—whichlooks at first like a rather loose and apparently formless romance—is allabout.

5. Accuracy counts.Make sure you get the title right. Make sure that you get the writer’s nameright. Make sure that you get your professor’s name right.  Make sure that you get the novel’s detailsright. People notice these things.

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