Using Camus’ “Create Dangerously” as a model for style and tone and a guideline for
structure, make an attempt to address the question “what does it matter who is
Camus’ talk/essay centers around the questions of what sort of art an artist should
produce, the role of the artist in society, and the role of art in society. He looks at the
position of the artist and reasons why artists might find themselves being criticized
for having produced particular works and then examines some assumptions that lie
beneath these criticism to see if those assumptions are correct. Based upon his
conclusions in those sections he then goes on to put together his own overall
I’m asking you to do the same sort of work in your essay, but rather than
considering the piece of art (the text) as the central part, we are thinking about how
the public’s view of the artist might shape the public’s opinion about the text.
Just as Camus ends up looking at the artist and society in his attempt to understand
what sort of art an artist should produce, I expect that you may need to think about
message, purpose, context, and audience when thinking about the way in which we
need to create our own ethos in communication.
Length wise, I expect that most writers would need to write for at least six pages
(double spaced, in MLA format) to attempt a satisfying, thoughtful and productive
response, and that a focused response would not go much longer than eight pages.
Your readers will all be familiar with the readings from our course, so those
readings would be useful for discussing examples of what you mean. You may also
use outside examples if you are trying to make a point not covered by one of our
class readings, but keep in mind that an outside text might require more explanation
and might push your paper longer that you prefer.
All examples that you refer to in your paper or that you use to help shape your own
explanations in the paper need to be identified in the paper and included in the
You’ve had seven weeks to consider this question. Let’s see what you have come up
with. I’m looking forward to your input.
And professor’s comments are: Good work on the writing and imitation side of things, but this essay is a bit off-topic for the prompt itself. Too much about art (not our subject) and not enough about ethos. I’ll grade this on quality of writing and polish if you choose to complete what you have, but it will not qualify as superior work if you are aiming for that in the portfolio. That would require a topic shift and deeper revision.