Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allen Stories
For this essay, you will compose a formal 6-8 page RESEARCH PAPER (Not including the works cited page) and include at least FOUR secondary sources. The paper will argue a point of analysis on two works of short stories. (WORKS WE READ WERE: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”, Edgar Allen Poe’s “A Tell-Tale Heart”, Flannery O’ Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Ray Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder”, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s “Harrison Bergerson”.
Focus on two works that you read this semester that have something in common. Your thesis will make a statement in relation to all the stories or poems. DO NOT have an individual thesis for each work. Remember that THIS IS NOT A REPORT. You will make an argument of analysis about the subject matter. There may be some comparing and contrasting in the paper, but THIS IS NOT A COMPARE/CONTRAST PAPER.
You could discuss: Common themes in the works, How the author’s life or events from his or her life are present in his or her works, How the works fit within a historical context, The appropriateness of the work’s genre or literary genre functioning within the works, Similar writing style, or The works in relation to a literary movement.
You will need to submit an annotated bibliography with Works Cited entries for the sources. These sources must be books, e-books, or journal articles from our North East Lakeview library databases. (let me know if you need my user and passcode for the Northeast Lakeview Library Databases)
Make sure to use these in essay:
THESIS- A specific and clearly stated controlling idea (or thesis) –THESIS RELATES DIRECTLY TO PROMPT AND PREVIEWS ORGANIZATION (points and argument are clear
OPENING & CLOSING -There must be a fully developed introduction and conclusion. The conclusion should not go on into excessive detail.
GENERAL – Topics must be fully developed with concrete and vivid detail (this includes development of the paragraph’s point and the paper’s overall point). All paragraphs must contain accurate examples from the text that connect to the point.
TOPIC SENTENCES- Topic sentence transitions, must establish paragraph’s point and connects back to the thesis.
Point Sentence to set up, Illustration – example from text must be setup, Explanation must follow-analysis of how the example is significant and how it relates to the paragraph’s point.
DOCUMENTATION- Works cited entry must be correct according to MLA standards, in-text citations that are needed must be present and correct, there must be little to no error of punctuation with in-text citations.