Topic: What is John Hersey’s argument in Hiroshima, how does he make his argument, and is he successful in making this argument? What other texts support or refute Hersey’s argument? Your Task



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Mr. Losow

Freshman Composition

Synthesis Paper

Due: Wednesday, January 8 for E1-21



Thursday, January 9 for E1-22
Write an evidence-based argument on the topic below.

Topic: What is John Hersey’s argument in Hiroshima, how does he make his argument, and is he successful in making this argument? What other texts support or refute Hersey’s argument?

Your Task: Use evidence from at least two of the texts we have read in class, listed below, in addition to evidence from Hiroshima by John Hersey, to write a well-developed essay regarding the success of Hersey’s argument in Hiroshima. Clearly establish your claim, distinguish your claim from alternate or opposing claims (counterargument), and use specific and relevant evidence from at least two of the texts (plus Hiroshima itself) to develop your argument. Do not simply summarize each text.

Guidelines:

Be sure to:

  • Establish your claim regarding the success of John Hersey’s argument in Hiroshima.

  • Distinguish your claim from alternate or opposing claims.

  • Use specific, relevant, and sufficient evidence from Hiroshima and at least two other texts to develop your argument.

  • Use direct quotes and identify the source you are referencing using correct parenthetical MLA citation.

  • Explain how Hersey and the other writers employ rhetoric and literary elements and devices to achieve their purpose. What effect does each writer wish to have on the reader and what strategies does each writer use to achieve that effect?

  • Organize your ideas in a cohesive and coherent manner.

  • Maintain a formal style of writing.

  • Follow the conventions of standard written English.

Texts:

  • Hiroshima by John Hersey

  • Testimony of Yoshitaka Kawamoto

  • Truman informs the nation that an atomic weapon has been detonated in Japan

  • Debate from the British House of Commons by William Churchill

  • “Was the Atomic Bombing of Japan Necessary?” by Robert Freeman

  • “Hum Bom” by Allen Ginsberg

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