Dr. William Major
Advanced Composition
Paper #6: “Dilemmas”

Dilemma: A choice or situation involving choice between equally unsatisfactory alternatives; a difficult or persistent problem.
“If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.”  E.M. Forster

“No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.”  Agnes de Mille

Paper Topic

This paper will require that you investigate a time in your life when you were faced with a difficult decision, when you were confused or awed by the position you found yourself in, when you were unable to fathom what to do next without some injury (emotional, psychological, physical, financial, etc.) to yourself or others. In short, I would like you to explore a time in your life when you were involved in something of great meaning and import, if only to yourself (see de Mille above). Narrate the situation; describe the difficulty; analyze the causes and effects; show your audience how you changed or what you learned.

You should probably begin by looking at question #2, page 524 for guidance. In addition, the essays by Tisdale and Orwell are good models for this essay. This is your last paper of the semester: make it something to be proud of. Please use your handbook for guidance on grammar and punctuation. I’m especially interested in unity and coherence.


Length: A minimum of five (5) typed pages, double-spaced and stapled. You may write as many pages over the minimum as you desire.

Due dates: Completed draft, typed: December 5
                   Completed final draft: December 12

 Note: No late papers will be accepted.