Discuss how language can deceive as well as communicate.

Part 1



Using your story and poetry reading strategies, this week you’ve read two short stories and a poem; and also, you’ve read a non-fiction text discussing what you might call the psychology of knowing other people: it discusses how much we think we know about other people, how little we believe other people know us, and how wrong we can be on both counts.

Your task:

Pick one of the following questions, and discuss it with reference to at least two of this week’s readings.

1. When we get people completely wrong, have they deceived us – or have they allowed us to deceive ourselves?

2. Discuss how language can deceive as well as communicate.

3. Can silence be as deceptive as speech?

Your paper should:

● present and explain a clear, single thesis that addresses your chosen question, with an organized explanation;

● give concrete, specific examples (including direct quotes) drawn from at least two works;

● reflect careful, active reading of the literary texts, as outlined in the tutorials (i.e., basic reading strategies, attention to rhythm and imagery)

● include clear, focused sentences with effectively integrated quotes;

● be carefully proofread.

LENGTH: 500-800 words