Word Count – 200 – 250 words – all original content – no use of outside sources – use of first person allowed/necessary – formatted according to guidelines on syllabus – proofread very carefully
Prompt: In Popova’s essay about Kierkegaard’s comments on bullying and exclusion in society, she mentions him as one in a long list of famous writers that also kept a diary. For this assignment, please produce a diary entry of your own, a single paragraph (adhering to course formatting guidelines) in which you recount a time in your life when you were a victim of or witnessed the type of behavior Kierkegaard discusses. This may include bullying, reacting to a bully, trying to win over a bully, being a bully yourself, trying to form a group against a person, being an individual standing up against a group, an instance where someone pretended not to like you until they were sure you liked them (or vice versa), someone putting you down to make themselves shine brighter (or vice versa), or something along those lines.
Make every attempt to make your paragraph seem like a brief story with a beginning, a middle, and an end and try to draw as many parallels as possible to the spirit of what Kierkegaard means in his quotes, but keep the piece entirely original: don’t quote from him or reference him or his ideas directly. You are simply trying to draw a parallel in your diary entry assignment with what he observed, in hopes that it can be used as one example of how what he noted in the earlier to mid 1800’s is still affecting people and society today.