Essay #1: Writing from Recall: Self-Definition: Epiphany Points: Length: Rough Draft Due: Final Draft Due: 100 4-5 pages _______ _______ [E]piphany, in literature, a sudden revelation of an underlying truth about a person or situation. Taken from the Greek epiphaneia, the manifestation by the gods of their divinities to mortal eyes, the term was first applied to literature by James Joyce, who called his early experimentations with short prose passages “epiphanies”. Such moments of insight form the core of Joyce’s short stories, published in Dubliners (1914). (Encyclopædia Britannica Micropædia, 1974 edition) “In literature, the sudden revelation of the meaning of something, an apercu; epiphanous stories, such as those having to do with growing up into the adult world, deal with the revelatory nature of what it means to be no longer a child or an innocent” (The Book of Literary Terms, 1999 edition, by Lewis Turco) Task: Write a 4-5 page essay defining yourself. Be sure to explain how you came to this definition. I expect that you will need to construct this essay as a narrative. The examples that you should consider, “A Hanging,” “Once More to the Lake,” “Araby,” and “Greasy Lake,” are narratives, and they each deal with life altering experiences. Remember the protagonist doesn’t change; however, his definition of himself changes. When you analyze the work, determine how the narrator or protagonist is defined before and after the defining event. For example, before the narrator actually goes to Greasy Lake, he defines himself one way; however, after the event, his definition of himself is much more complex. You may want to take the same approach. How did you see yourself before a life defining experience, and how did you see yourself after it?