Case Readings

Case Readings

You will write a thesis-centered essay of at least 500 words in response to this one question using excerpts from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” and Oliver Burkeman’s “Happiness is a Glass Half Empty” to support your writing.

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  • Remember to:
    • Develop a thesis that takes a clear stance or position.
    • Organize your thoughts–an outline can help do this.
    • Use MLA in-text citation to support your claim with quotes or paraphrases from BOTH the Emerson and the Burkeman readings. (You must use at least one cited idea from each reading).
    • Also use your own observations, experiences, or other sources to develop your claims. Discuss how your citations and ideas are relevant to your thesis.


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