Power and its Components

Post one paragraph with a specific argument that addresses issues of power in one of the readings for this week.

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Your argument sentence should include the title of the literary work and specific points or claims that you can support with evidence from the literature or from a researched source from the university databases.

Define your sense of power in context with one of the assigned readings for the week. Consider personal power, societal power, institutional power, or governmental power. Examine any responsibility that accompanies power. Engage the literature by selecting specific passages and your analysis or interpretation of those passages to support your argument/position or point. You may also use specific references to the literature to support your claim. Remember to use in-text citations correctly to document use of a source, even if it is your textbook.


  • Tim O’Brien, “The Things They Carried”
  • Raymond Carver, “Cathedral”
  • Langston Hughes, “Democracy”
  • Linda Pastan, “Ethics”
  • John F. Kennedy, “Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961”
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have a Dream”
  • Abraham Lincoln, “Second Inaugural Address, March 4th, 1865”