LENGTH: 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced; Times New Roman 12 font, 1” margins on all sides, numbered pages, following MLA protocol as it appears on the following page: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/16/
FORMAT: This is NOT a research paper or a paper that calls for the use of outside sources. Therefore, you are not permitted to use outside sources of any kind (i.e. you may only use the primary texts we have studied in class which you should, of course, use extensively and analyze closely). All papers will be filtered through turnitin.com.
HINT 1: CHOOSE A PAPER TOPIC BASED ON THE TWO TEXTS THAT YOU MOST ENJOYED READING THIS SEMESTER!
HINT 2: PAPERS THAT FOCUS ON TEXTS THAT TREAT A THEME SIMILARLY WILL ALMOST ALWAYS BE LESS INTERESTING THAN PAPERS THAT TREAT A THEME DIFFERENTLY. IT IS STRONGLY ADVISED THAT YOU FOCUS ON THEMATIC DIFFERENCES RATHER THAN SIMILARITIES.
ORGANIZATION: Your essay must begin with an introductory paragraph that introduces the text(s) and theme with which you will confront. Your introduction should culminate in an underlined thesis statement ??" an assertion about the comparison that you will “prove” in the body of the essay.
Your introduction must be followed by the body/development ??" the part of the paper that contains a close reading and analysis of the relevant texts in order to prove your assertion about the texts treat the theme you have chosen. In this section, you must analyze and incorporate evidence from the texts in order to support your thesis. Your goal is to convince your reader of your original argumentative assertion (i.e. the thesis). Remember that your essay will be successful only to the extent that it accomplishes this.
Finally, you must write a concluding paragraph that both (1) restates your argument and (2) “opens up” the topic. In other words, why is your argument relevant and what are its wider implications for literature and, perhaps, for life? This is where it all comes together.
Your paper must have a TITLE ??" creative titles are strongly encouraged!
ASSIGNMENT: Choose any TWO texts we have read this semester and any ONE theme from those listed below. Compare and contrast the way in which the texts you have chosen treat the theme you have chosen. For example: How do Douglass and Baldwin treat the theme of race in their narratives? Similarly or differently? What are the implications of this comparison? What, in the end, is there to be learned from this comparison?
Choose ONE of the following themes:
Appearance vs. Reality
Reason vs. Emotion
Chose two readings in the following to accomplish the tasks.
Reading 1: Moliere, Tartuffe
Reading 2: Pu Song Ling, “The Wise Neighbor”
Reading 3: Wordsworth, “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey”
Reading 4: Keats, “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” 1819
Reading 5: Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Reading 6: Melville, “Bartleby, The Scrivener”
Reading 7: Ibsen, Hedda Gabler
Reading 8: Kawabata, “The Moon on the Water”
Reading 9: Kafka, Metamorphosis
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