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Theme Connecting Two Texts about Revenge


This week’s writing assignment will ask that you complete a response that connects two of the revenge texts we have read in class, the first two being "Cask of Amontillado" and “A Poison Tree," the third being "In the Catbird Seat."

You will be completing this analysis on your own, making connections between the themes of any two of these texts. While you may discuss the similarities of character, plot, tone, or mood, your primary focus should be on theme. Remember: theme is a message or observation the text reveals to the audience about the world, but it does not expect the audience to take an action as a result. 

The themes you focus on may be regarding the nature of revenge, the type of person that is satisfied by revenge, the ways we can accidentally create enemies, or anything else related to the topic. 

Be sure to:

  • Introduce the topics, titles, and authors of the two texts in the opening paragraph

  • End the opening paragraph with a theme statement about revenge that both texts support

  • In a 2nd (and possibly 3rd) paragraph, support your theme statement with evidence and reasoning that quotes the texts.

  • A conclusion that wraps up your main ideas and restates your theme statement in a new, fresh way.