Paper Assignment: Animals in Writing and Rhetoric
Graded, worth 15% of final grade
Length: 5 pages, inclusive of Works Cited.
Due Friday, February 13, emailed as a file by noon. BE SURE TO PUT YOUR LAST NAME IN THE FILE NAME.
Which representation of which animal did you find most interesting? Choose any one animal from any one of the primary texts covered thus far (Aristotle, Herodotus, Aesop, Pliny, or Lucretius), and explain what you found the most interesting about the way that animal is represented. The animal you choose does not have to be one we discussed in class. Based on the way the writer writes about that animal, what kind of audience do you think he aimed to reach, and why? Consider the rhetorical aspect of the writing: what kind of information (for example, descriptive, evaluative, cautionary) did your author most try to convey to his audience? You may choose either authors who write multiple times about the same animal, or just one text about one animal. Do not just summarize what was said, select and argue for what is most interesting to you in representation.