1) Compare and contrast the understandings of gender and the family found in the works of Flora Tristan and Karl Marx/Friedrich Engels.

1)Compare and contrast the understandings of gender and the family found in the works of Flora Tristan and Karl Marx/Friedrich Engels.

Format

1500- 1800 words (5-6 pages). 12-point font (Times New Roman, Georgia, or Cambria are some acceptable fonts; check with your TA if they have specific preferences), double-spaced, 1”margins. Content Your essay must be analytical and interpretive, rather than merely descriptive. This means that you are not simply summarizing the readings, but making an argument about them. Your central argument, or thesis, is the particular insight you are providing based on close reading and original analysis of the texts. Put another way, the thesis is the “case” you are making for a deeper understanding of the readings. It is not an opinion, but an interpretation that requires you to marshal necessary evidence to demonstrate your case. All of the prompts above have a comparative component, which means that your thesis needs to identity a connection between the readings you are analyzing providing a conceptual framework for understanding them in relation to each other

A thesis must be something that is arguable. Simply noting that the texts are similar or different in some ways does not constitute a strong thesis. Neither does providing a list of observations:“ Author 1 discussed x, y, and z in her account of the French Revolution, while Author 2 only mentioned x and y.” While this statement identifies some potential points of comparison, it does not shed new light on the readings,clarify the relationship between them, or offer an interpretation of what that relationship reveals. Your audience for this paper is someone who has already read the material. Your job is to convey to them a deeper way of understanding what they have read, using sufficient evidence to convince them of your interpretation.