The Centerpiece is the most important artifact in the Portfolio, and at a minimum should do the following:
‣ Attempt to solve an interpretive problem about a text or texts
‣ reveal an intertextual process of interpretation ‣ justify your solution to the problem with reasons
and evidence appropriate to your inquiry ‣ rewrite the text(s) you read within the text of your
life; rewrite the text of your life in light of your chosen text(s)
Regardless of format, the project should be equivalent to 15-20 pages of double-spaced, 12-point prose. All sources should be documented using MLA Style.
It will also be important to keep in mind that you are making an argument about the solution to an interpretive problem concerning the text(s) you choose. That
argument should be situated within the context of what others have said about the interpretive problem.
Finally, there is a personal aspect to your inquiry. You are attempting to figure out not only how to solve the problem of interpretation but also to explain why solving the problem matters to others and to yourself. You’ll need to find a way to weave this personal aspect into the Centerpiece without compromising the rigor of your inquiry.
1/18 Primary text(s) submitted for approval 3/20 Conferences over early drafts 4/3 In-progress full draft due 4/5- 4/17 Centerpiece Workshops 5/3 Final version due in Portfolio
The Guilt of Giving
The “guilt of giving” is a poem written by Laban Erapu. The poem focuses on how the society looks down upon the less fortunate in the society. In the poem, Erapu points a case of a person who gives a needy person a coin. Unluckily the coin misses and fells on the ground. The man walks out fast in shame from the people who were watching him. The African author has contributed a lot in development of literature in Africa especially in the East African region.
The reason for choosing the text is because the society has deviated from the key purpose of giving. In many societies today many people consider helping the poor as the government duty and not their responsibility. The effects are observable especially in third world countries where there is a very wide gap between the rich and the poor (Cook et al, 1). In most Africans parts, the people who are economically well off are always aiming at accumulating more wealth and not helping the others who are living in absolute poverty to be better.
In the poem, the main thing that puzzles a lot is why should a person who is willing to offer help to a needy person feel guilty afterwards. In the poem, the author says that when a coin missed the target and fell on the ground and the needy person was quick after it with a lot of gratitude the man who had given out the coin vanished from the look of the crowd that had gathered (Cook et al, 1).The needy person was thankful for the help but the giver felt guilt that made him divide in the nearby shops. It is expected that the man who offered help would be proud because the beggar acknowledged the assistance.
Cook, David, and David Rubadiri. Poems from East Africa. Vol. 96. East African Publishers, 1996.