Sunflower Book Response

Essay 7 thesis: Your stance on Wiesenthal’s dilemma compared to three
respondents’ Open book and notes
Final Essay due ______________________; approx. 3-4 pages
Consider the issue(s) presented in the book in light of the author’s and respondents’ views as well as your own
insights. Include answers to the three questions below in an academic essay format complete with thesis, body paragraphs,
and conclusion. You may also want to include ideas from the two discussion question assignments you have written earlier in
the semester or notes from the class presentations. This assignment requires serious thought; carefully consider the situation
before answering and be sure to explain your reasoning.
Assignment:
1. In the introduction: Describe Wiesenthal’s dilemma in two to four sentences as presented in Book 1 of the text (pages
1-98). Explain what you think is the central issue in Wiesenthal’s dilemma (for example, whether Wiesenthal should
have forgiven Karl, or whether Karl deserved forgiveness, or what Wiesenthal’s silence meant). Name three
respondents you’ll discuss from Book 2, what they have in common about the issue, and why you’ve chosen to
discuss them. Conclude the introduction with your stance on the issue (your thesis).
2. In each body paragraph: 1) Explain the position of one respondent; 2) Analyze and respond to his or her thoughts in
two or three sentences; and 3) Indicate whether this writer changed your thinking at all. Use detail from the book
and brief quoted phrases to support your points, with page number references in parentheses.
3. In the concluding paragraphs: Describe how you would have responded to Wiesenthal’s dilemma in a return to your
thesis idea.
Some questions to consider in developing your essay:
1. Did the authors respond to Wiesenthal’s question or did they respond to a different question, in effect reframing the
central issue?
2. What are the major areas of disagreement? Your selection of responders should include at least some level of
disagreement with one another and with your views, but also be connected by some similar considerations. 3. Do any of
the concepts you discuss in your essay correspond to issues discussed in THiNK Chapter 9, Ethical and Moral Reasoning?
Does the chapter provide any insight on how Wiesenthal could have developed a response to Karl?
Remember, do not retell the book. I will evaluate your responses in terms of clarity, specificity of ideas, organization,
conciseness, and depth of reflections. Some respondents consider multiple points of view so be sure to accurately describe
each respondent’s main point. Use transitions between the views of each respondent. Support your statements with brief
quotations and paraphrases where necessary, providing page number citations. You may prepare notes and a works cited page
at home, but you will write the completed essay in class.
Works Cited Templates
Wiesenthal, Simon. The Sunflower. Revised and Expanded Ed., Schocken Books, 1998.
Alkalaj, Sven. “Sven Alkalaj.” The Sunflower, edited by Simon Wiesenthal, Revised and Expanded ed., Schocken Books, 1998, pp.
101-105.
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