Due: February 21st : A hard copy submitted in class; an electronic copy due to ecampus by 11:59pm
We have spent the past weeks discussing the Romantic age of British literature. As we begin read ing
Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, be thinking about the different contexts, themes, and commonalities
of this period.
For the midterm, you will need to write an essay that answers the following question:
How does Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein adhere to, comment upon, further, or disrupt a
theme or significant idea of the Romantic period of British literature?
Much like in your context papers, you will need to consider how reading this text within the context of
Romantic literature affects your view or understanding of the text. This may involve examining a theme
in the text we have talked about extensively or one we have barely mentioned (perhaps because the novel
is doing something different from common examples of Romantic literature).
You will need to preform close readings of the text to support your thesis (you will need a thesis at the
end of the introduction), so choosing a specific theme or idea will be beneficial. This will also involve
using specific textual evidence as support. You might choose a specific scene or chapter to focus on.
Since this is the 200th anniversary of the text, the conclusion should also comment on how the text (and
the theme or idea you have discussed) has continued relevance in the twenty-first century. Feel free to
referenc popular culture or current events to determine such relevance, but be sure to maintain focus on
the theme your paper examines.
Outside research: You are not required to include secondary sources, but you are welcome to use the
selections we read in class or prform your own research. I do, however, want the essay to rely on the
primary text and your close readings, so I will allow only 1 secondary source which must be fully cited
and make a useful contribution to the essay.
Include a works cited page that cites the primary text (Frankenstein) and a secondary source if
Length: 4 pages
Format: Times New Roman, 12pt font, double spaced, MLA (heading page numbers, etc) , and a
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