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This trimester you will write two essays.The first is due at the end of the fifth week.You should have at least five pages of TEXT, excluding the works cited page.In these essays, you will make a specific, interpretive argument about one or two works of literature, and to offer textual evidence in support of your interpretation in the context of current, relevant research (five credible, academic secondary sources). I have placed sample papers and guidelines on Canvas and encourage you to consult them sooner rather than later.I also encourage you to speak to me about your papers at any stage in the composing process.Use MLA format, and Times New Roman or Arial 12 pt. font.
Papers are due on the dates announced.If some extreme circumstance will prevent you from turning in a paper on time, we can usually work out a short extension, but you must speak to me in advance of the due date.Papers that come in late will be graded down a full letter grade for every 24-hour period they are overdue.Computer “crashes,” printer glitches, etc., do NOT excuse late papers. Please note that any student who plagiarizes–that is, who violates the boundaries of honest writing by presenting others’ work as his or her own–will get a “zero” for the essay and may fail the entire course.Given available new technologies, plagiarism is very easy to detect and prove.Avoid it at all costs.
Below are questions you might consider developing into essay topics.You don’t HAVE to use these questions, but you may.Be sure to clear alternative topics with me before you begin to research.You can also develop one of your weekly reading responses into this first paper if you wish.You must write about at least one work that we’ve read during the first part of the trimester, but you may bring in other works as well.
If you need help with formatting, I’d suggest visiting the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue:https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/, (Links to an external site.) as well as looking at the sample materials I posted in the introductory module.You are also welcome to bring drafts by during office hours if you need help in person.Finally, I’ve posted a sample paper below and in the introductory materials module.Consult it if you want a guide, but understand that it is a good student paper, but not a perfect one.
Sample paper One_Vonnegut.docx download
Possible Topics/Questions
Your essay should respond to one of the following questions. Consult me before choosing an alternate topic, or I will not accept your essay:
Tartuffe
How does Tartuffe portray The Enlightenment conflict between reason and passion?
Discuss the controversy concerning Tartuffe and explain how the play attacks religious hypocrisy.
Romantic Poets
Analyze the poet’s personification of natural elements in one or more of the poems we’ve read.
Discuss the concept and use of cycles in one or more of the poems that we’ve read.
In “To Autumn,” what is special to Keats’ speaker about Autumn? What associations does he draw from the season beyond the natural surroundings and the time of year?
Wordsworth once said that his great theme was “the wedding of man and Nature.” How does Wordsworth make use of natural imagery in “Tintern Abbey”? What functions does it serve? What conflicts does it highlight? How does it function as a medium for unification?
In what ways does “Tintern Abbey” offer readers a “religion of nature”? In what ways does nature serve as a substitute for traditional religion in this poem?
The three stages of what M.H. Abrams has called “The Greater Romantic Lyric” are 1) description of the scene; 2) Analysis of the scene’s significance with regard to the problem articulated; and 3) affective resolution of the problem that has been articulated. How would you apply Abrams’ formula to “Tintern Abbey”?
The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Why does Tolstoy present the story through the eyes of an omniscient narrator? What is the effect of this presentation
Discuss the significance of the title. If the work professes to be about Ivan’s death, why is it almost entirely dedicated to Ivan’s life?
How is the fact that Gerasim is a peasant important to understanding his character and worldview?
Why is Ivan’s method of dealing with life’s unpleasantness ultimately unsuccessful?
According to the text, why is it important to acknowledge one’s own mortality?
A Doll’s House
Is Nora a victim or does she bring her trouble on herself?
What social message might Ibsen support through this play?
What elements of either Romanticism or Realism do you find in the play?
How could the submissive, selfish and silly Nora of the first two acts transform herself into an independent woman by the end of the last act? Is the transformation realistic?
How do different characters use the words “free” and “freedom”? How does the use of these words change throughout the play?
“The Yellow Wallpaper”
1.How do specific images chart our narrator’s descent into madness?
2.Discuss the biographical origins of the story with regard to the author’s life.
Discipline: ENG 2120 10E WORLD LITERATURE II SP-21

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