Samskara

Assignment: Write a paper (1100 words) with a thesis statement and argument backed up with evidence from the primary source you have just finished reading, Samskara. Your paper will be a response to the questions provided, with your answer serving as your thesis statement.

The book was originally published in 1964 and is part of the ongoing conversation on the Indian caste system and its effects on society. What is the author’s opinion on the caste system, as depicted in the novel? Identify one focused answer and defend it with evidence from throughout the text. HINT: The central cast are mostly Brahmins, but there are several prominent lower caste characters. Consider the contrast between the former and the latter.

Citing Evidence: It is important for you to ground your argument in evidence from the primary source. Incorporate the source material into your own writing by paraphrasing or quoting.
Because your references should be confined to class readings, you may use parenthetical citation, rather than the Chicago style citation historians prefer. That is, cite as follows: (Ananthamurthy 12). Make sure to include a full bibliographical citation at the end of your paper. I discourage you from using sources beyond Samskara. Instead, concentrate on writing a good argument.

Grading Criteria: Note that there is a new criteria for this paper, which appears below in bold. In this paper, I will be looking especially for:

A clear thesis statement that answers the question and makes one argument.
Evidence from Samskara that is carefully chosen to best support your argument and that comes from throughout the text.
Good paragraph structure with topic sentences, evidence, and conclusions in each paragraph, as well as analysis in each paragraph and a logical organization of those paragraphs.
A good understanding of the historical context. That means that you understand Hinduism, the caste system, and the state of India around the time of independence as we have discussed them in class, define the terms you use, and dont make historical errors in interpreting the documents.