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English 1 B – assignment due 11 or 12 September in tutorials.
Essay question
Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” is a political poem that needs to be understood contextually for its full meaning to be revealed.
Write a 5 paragraph essay (introduction, 3 paragraphs in the body of the essay and a conclusion) in which you discuss the following: 1. The relevance of the history of slavery to understanding this poem. Your answer should include a discussion of the images and repetition that Marley uses to make this point.

2. The poem says:
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.”
Discuss how these lines encapsulate the main message of this poem. Your paragraph should connect to Marley’s broader context.

3. Bob Marley was a deeply religious man. He uses many references to divine intervention in this poem. Discuss the effect that these lines have in creating the overall message of the poem. Your answer should include a discussion of the figurative language he uses to make his point.

Your answer must include quotations from the poem that you reference by counting the lines (i.e. number the lines for referencing purposes) and by using the following in your bibliography:
Marley, Bob. 1980. “Redemption Song.” Uprising. London: EMI Records.
When quoting from the poem within your paragraph, make sure that your sentences are grammatically consistent with any quote that you embed. Also make sure that you reference your quotations correctly within the paragraph.
Your answer should conform to the following structure:
Paragraph 1: Introduction in which you: a) Make a general statement b) Construct a topic statement (paraphrase the question in your own words) c) Construct a thesis statement (e.g. In this essay, I will show how Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” ….) i.e. this sentence summarizes your overall argument.
Paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 form the body of your essay. Each paragraph should consist of between 5 and 8 sentences - NOT LINES). There should be a linking sentence between each of these paragraphs to show their connection.
Paragraph 5: Conclusion. This should restate your overall argument and should not introduce any new ideas. Your conclusion should include your main idea (topic statement) from each of the preceding paragraphs with the connections between these ideas established in your conclusion. All of this must be related to the main concern of the poem.
Your essay must be typed in 12 point Times New Roman font with 1.5 line spacing. You must include a bibliography and reference the quotations that you use within each paragraph correctly.
Essay writing tips:
Don’t confuse assertion for analysis. Ask yourself if the poem or a specific line from the poem supports your analysis. If it does, this is analysis. If it does not, it is assumption based and should not be included.
Be precise in your argument and substantiate your ideas.
Edit your work and go to the Writing Centre for help.
Always acknowledge your sources. If you find information on the internet or in another reading, make sure you acknowledge where the quote or idea came from. If you do not, it is plagiarism and you will be penalized.
Bob Marley - Redemption Song
Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit.
But my hand was made strong
By the 'and of the Almighty.
We forward in this generation
Won't you help to sing
This songs of freedom
'Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Have no fear for atomic energy,
'Cause none of them can stop the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
Some say it's just a part of it:
We've got to fullfil the book.

Won't you help to sing
This songs of freedom-
'Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.
/Guitar break/
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our mind.
Wo! Have no fear for atomic energy,
'Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say it's just a part of it:
We've got to fullfil the book.
Won't you have to sing
This songs of freedom? -
'Cause all I ever had:
Redemption songs -
All I ever had:
Redemption songs:
These songs of freedom,
Songs of freedom. - Marley, Bob. 1980. “Redemption Song.” Uprising. London: EMI Records.

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