Writing Prompt: Faustian Bargain/Deal with the Devil

Writing Prompt: Faustian Bargain/Deal with the Devil
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Writing Prompt: Faustian Bargain/Deal with the Devil
What would you do with unlimited power? Unlimited wealth?

The Faustian bargain, or deal with the devil, is a motif used frequently in literature. This assignment calls for a two-paragraph response to several questions about what the student would do with unlimited wealth, fame, knowledge, power or eternal youth. Guidelines for the assignment and an example paragraph are included.

This writing prompt can be used to introduce a lesson on literature that features the Faustian bargain, such as "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving, A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, "The Devil and Daniel Webster," and many others.

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Common Core State Standards
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

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Related Writing Prompts
Jack London's "To Build a Fire"
Mark Twain's "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"
Self-Improvement
Edgar Allan Poe’s "The Masque of the Red Death"

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