Writing Assignment #3 (WA3) Definition or Resemblance Argument
Writing Assignment #3 (WA3)
Definition or Resemblance Argument
DUE DATE: Sunday, April 8
at 11:59 p.m.
Read Chapter 11 in your text,
Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings
to an understanding of Definition and Resemblance arguments.
You may write a Definition or Resemblance argument to satisfy this essay
Consider the word “courage”. Formulate your own definition of a
“courageous act”. For example: an act would be considered “courageous” if it
meets the following criteria: [you would specify]. Write an essay that argues the
category to which this word and the example you provide either directly or indirectly
or metaphorically through comparison or resemblance belongs.
Your essay will be written in MLA format. For this assignment, you must write at
least a 5-paragraph essay with an introduction, a body of at least 3 paragraphs, and
You must include a Works Cited page with at least 3 sources of at least
two types (newspaper, online database, book, magazine article, etc.). Choose
sources that support and prove your claims about the word “Courage” and how you
have represented or defined it. Remember that anything you say in your essay that
is not your original thought – whether quoted or paraphrased must be cited within
the essay (in-text citations) and on a Works Cited page.
Refer to pages 377 – 388 of
your text for instructions on MLA source citation.
Under CONTENT “Additional Resources”, there is a step-by-step guide to formatting
your Word document in MLA. It will be formatted as an essay with a clear
introduction ending with your thesis statement (or claim that will be proven), body
or middle (each body paragraph with a clearly stated – never a question – topic
sentence and conclusion) and conclusion paragraph. I will be looking specifically to
see if you have followed the assignment’s objective. You are responsible for ALL
content – this means the formatting, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and
satisfaction of the objective. DO NOT USE WORD TO FORMAT YOUR WORKS CITED.
Wikipedia is not a valid source.
your essay must be double-spaced, written in Times New
Roman, 12-point type and be formatted in MLA.
Length of this assignment is 1000-
1500 words, and the essay is worth 200 points.
I will not be taking off more than 20
points on WA3 for MLA formatting. The MLA formatted works cited page will count
for 50 points of the overall point total. Your works cited page must include at least 3
different sources of at least 2 different types (book, magazine article, database,
reliable website). If you have any questions, please feel free to email prior to the
essay’s due date, and I will walk you through formatting your WORD document.
‘A courageous act’ is associated with people like firefighters, veterans, police officers, and sometimes the president in normal milieus. ‘A courageous act,’ in the world today holds much more related to many activities than just an act that defies fear, danger, pain, and opposition, contrary to the definition upheld by English Oxford Living Dictionaries. Although ‘a courageous act’ is usually considered to be an obligation, it is better categorized as an optional choice to partake of an activity or stand for one’s beliefs and virtues. With all these attributes, it would be appropriate to categorize the actions of firefighters, veterans, police officers and the president as a courageous act. A courageous act is determined by the drive an individual has to face challenging situations. Therefore, my definition of “a courageous act” stems from a selfless action that does not seek any attention whatsoever and is dedicated to what is of importance in that particular situation. A courageous act is accompanied by virtues such as kindness, selflessness, and sincerity in the deed being extended as on cannot afford to be engrossed in their own needs. Being a courageous individual is a critical attribute to the success of an individual as it ascertains the motivation to be the best possible being (Greenberg 3).
The courageous act is a term that is frequently used in the wrong context in the current times. People associate acts of leadership, honesty, and hard sports to be courageous, but it takes more than one factor to satisfy whether an action is courageous or not. Leadership only integrates willingness to guide a group of individuals who share the same vision as their leader. Consequently, honesty is an act of maturity to do the right thing despite having conflicting ideas. Sporting activities, on the other hand, is associated with courage, but in a real sense, it is not courage. Sports tend to be extreme hence the general notion that sporting activities are challenging. Athletes and other sportsmen undergo training and exercises that make them fit to handle such events; it is not as difficult as it seems. People consider sports as a courageous act because the athletes show that they are not scared to be involved in the activities. Their actions do not match that of a courageous act.
The three actions above to qualify as a courageous act should be done without fear of established expectations. The notion that courageous act is easy to come by is a terrible stand that the community has taken as the courageous act is passionately and willingly done without any form of fear. Courageous acts are confused with things like racing to break an existing record. Breaking the record alongside the awards expected is the motivation sportspeople have. This is contrary to the definition of a courageous act. Using the term courageous act to justify “asking someone out on a date” is simply outrageous. According to Caiola 5, courageous acts are not plotted as one waits for an appropriate time to act upon the issue; it is an action or actions done when the need arises. It is done unexpectedly and is often dangerous, but it is to the well-being of another person. The motive for a courageous act has no form of self-satisfaction.
From a personal outlook, my Uncle’s deeds at the Navy satisfy the definition of a courageous act. During a bombing incidence while aboard the ship, the need for safety created a panic attack among shipmates. The vessel sank quite fast hence there was no time to formulate a strategic plan to salvage as many lives as possible. The blast killed and injured most of the shipmates my uncle being among them. Despite his injuries, his immediate impulse was to look for other individuals who were hurt and try helping them. The ship was miscued leaving critical cases; most victims died at the hands of my uncle. The ship sank leaving him afloat the waters surrounded by dead bodies. The rescue team arrived much later and found him as the only survivor. His actions of bravery were awarded. His actions satisfy my definition of a courageous act as they were selfless, fearless and dedicated to the cause of helping fellow shipmates (Greenberg 4-5).
A courageous act of leadership was expressed by “Princess Diana.” Although the name only deduces royalty and her tragic demise, this is not the only impact her leadership had. Princess Diana experienced the divorce of her parents; a life royalty are not accustomed to. But this did not deter her in deciding the path her life would take. She married Prince Charles and became the Princess of Wales (BBC NEWS 2). Her actions and decisions are a clear definition of courage. She took on a life she did not know where to start from. Since her marriage, her life was in constant pressure to fit the standards set by the society. This type of life took her by surprise as she had not signed up for it. She did not cower and give up as most people expected, but instead, she braved the whole experience. “The only options available were sinking or swimming and it had to be learned very fast.” (Brennan 64). In the process of adapting to the set standard, Diana realized that there was some difference between her and Charles, yet they had already birthed two sons.
The differences between the couple overwhelmed the love they felt for each other, and as a result, a divorce followed. Princess Diana relived the same experience she had with her parents. The issue devastated her as she would not wish to put her children through such an experience. Despite the struggles and challenges the divorce plunged on her, she maintained her caring, loving and helpful nature. The separation was quite a challenge as it led to media criticism, making it more difficult to cope with royalty. In light of all this, she never failed as a mother and a leader. “Her exemplary and selfless actions are a comfort to many.” (Brennan 115).She braved every circumstance the world threw at her and carried on with her duties regardless of what tomorrow might bring. She accomplished difficult tasks without having second thoughts. It is these traits that make her fit my definition of “a Courageous act.”
A courageous act is done is justified when the actor does not receive any direct benefit from their deed. Although the term is used out of context, there are few situations that still fall under courageous acts.
“Courage.” English Oxford Living Dictionaries n.d. Web. 15 March 2018. Retrieved from: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/courage
BBC NEWS. Diana: What have we learned? BBC News (2008): 1-3. Retrieved from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7313174.stm
Brennan, Kristine. Diana, Princess of Wales. London: Chelsea House Publications, 1997.
Caiola, Rose. “Rose Caiol.” (n.d.).—. “What is Courage?” The Huffingtonpost (2016): 3-7. Retrieved from: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/rose-caiola/what-is-courage_b_8222848.html
Greenberg, Melanie. “The Six Attributes of Courage.” Psychology Today (2012): 1-6. Retrieved from: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-mindful-self-express/201208/the-six-attributes-courage