Due December 16th, 2011
•Write an essay (1000-1250 words) on one of the topics below. •MLA, Times New Roman, 12 pt font, one inch margins, typed, double space. •You must PROVE whatever statements you make by providing evidence from the text to support your claims. •You MUST use at least one other secondary (credited) source. Use research from either an online journal source or another critical source. •A properly designed Works Cited page must accompany your paper.
1. Thesis Statement/Essay Topic #1: Frankenstein as a Gothic Novel & Example of Romanticism Frankenstein is one of the finest expressions of the Gothic novel and also fits many of the characteristics of a Romantic novel. Consider all of the elements that comprise a story—including setting, character development, narrative voice, tone, to name just a few—and explain how each element contributes to the novel’s identity as a Gothic text or example of Romanticism. Then, offer your interpretation of Shelley’s message, if you believe she intended to convey one to her reader. If, alternately, you believe that the novel is purely for entertainment purposes, substantiate your claim with textual evidence. If you are stuck, please check out An Overview of Romanticism (http://www.articlemyriad.com/212.htm) in Literature and Romanticism in Frankenstein (http://www.articlemyriad.com/romanticism_frankenstein.htm) 2. Thesis Statement / Essay Topic #2: Victor as God in "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley Many students and critics have accused Victor of “playing God” by fabricating the Creature in his laboratory. Playing God, though, implies that a character is flawed by excessive hubris , which may or may not be applicable to Victor. Consider your own reaction to this charge, and write an essay in which you construct a solid argument that conveys your position to the reader. You will need to identify Victor’s character traits and explain how they do or do not...