Explore connections and comparisons between time periods and between stories/films to produce your argument. Make clear points, show your close reading of the text, and show the reader the significance of your discussion of the topic.The successful essay is original, evocative, and shows a deeper layer of the literature. Not just what happens, but what kind of thought is produced by reading the work and comparing it with others.

Your primary focus should be one or more of the 21st century works we’re studying, but you can also reference past works. Make sure to cite at least 2 or 3 readings as you answer the prompt. How does this current literature express the hopes and fears for the future of technology and culture? How do these hopes and fears about the future match your own? How have the central themes of current literature built upon or diverged from themes from past works we’ve studied and what is the significance of this change in focus? Some of the themes you may wish to discuss with the 21st century literature are immortality, relationships and sex, consumerism and credit, money/power/nationalism, or digital technology.