Alger’s Ragged Dick

26Jan 2022 by

This short paper should be about 750 words in length, double-spaced, and well organized and edited. Like all collegiate writing, it must contain quotes and direct references to demonstrate you have read and thought about the works from this class that you use to discuss your topic.  The point here is to show you have read closely and thought about the course content you have selected to write about.  Thus you must use direct references from our reading to illustrate your ideas.  Cite sources using APA and edit mercilessly before uploading your work.  I will be looking for your thesis or main idea statement in the opening paragraph.  This statement should provide a focus for you as writer and for your reader.  Note the texts you will use in your essay in the opening paragraph as well. There is a word count available in Word so that you can keep yourself to 750 carefully chosen words.  If you are not using Word, this translates to about two and a quarter pages.  Do not write this paper without looking at the rubric!
What is the effect of karma in Alger’s Ragged Dick?  Karma is a sort of cause and effect notion about how our actions guide our future destiny.  Ragged Dick is known to protect the week, empathize and share with the needy, and do all he can to live optimistically and honestly in the world.  How do his actions result in his eventual outcome?  Is this one of Alger’s lessons for how to make it in this life?