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Eng 110 Paper Four Frankenstein
For this paper, you will write a four page argumentative paper in which you
interpret Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. You should advance a thesis interpreting
the novel thematically: make a claim that the novel asserts or criticizes a particular
value, idea, or way of life. You need not worry about asserting that the work is good or
a classic: the way you mount your argument should make clear your opinion of the
novel, so you need not directly state it. Moreover, there’s no need for you to feel that
the novel is beyond criticism. If you didn’t like the novel, or feel that it is wrongheaded,
that’s more than okay, so long as you can articulate a specific reason for your distaste
for four pages.
Your main goal, then, is first to identify a theme from the novel, then to
demonstrate how it manifests in the book. After (or while) demonstrating the theme’s
existence, you may evaluate the theme, arguing whether or not it articulates a useful or
interesting idea, or if, conversely, the novel seems to you to misunderstand the nature
of its topic.
The book is a horror novel, and we’ve discussed, throughout the
semester, ways in which monsters from myth and media usually represent some sort of
issue or anxiety already present in the culture in which the story is told. In class, we
have discussed some of the things the monster may be said to represent or comment
on: the role of science in the modern world, the dangers or promise -- of democratic
government, the role of women in society, the reality of social/economic equality, the
function of education in society, and the nature of the “social contract” (that is, what
values family values, friendship, compassion -- make society possible?). Any one of
these might be a general topic through which you can interpret the novel (don’t try to
cover more than one unless you are convinced they are strongly related).
You may write about any topic or theme you wish: if you are unsure if
your idea is appropriate, set up a meeting with me, and we can talk it over. In general, I
don’t feel comfortable assigning essay “prompt” questions, as I feel that the whole point
of an essay assignment is for the writer to devise his or her own topic and terms of
analysis. Certainly you may feel free to search the internet for likely topics, or do
research into the work of literary critics to see what issues they discuss (cite them if you
use them for your paper) that’s partly why I assigned an article presentation for the
class. One site you might look into would be
www.penguin.com/static/pdf/teachersguides/Frankenstein.pdf.
Your paper need not account for the whole novel, so do not waste time on
plot summary. In this case, imagine that your audience has already read the novel, and
thus get right to the theme you wish to write about. Your paper need only discuss that
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theme, and may ignore parts of the novel in which your theme does not appear. You’ll
need to cite the book often, at least once per body paragraph, to substantiate your
points, so be sure to take notes as you’re reading.

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Eng 110 Paper Four – Frankenstein For this paper, you will write a four page argumentative paper in which you interpret Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. You should advance a thesis interpreting the novel thematically: make a claim that the novel asserts or criticizes a particular value, idea, or way of life. You need not worry about asserting that the work is good or a classic: the way you mount your argument should make clear your opinion of the novel, so you need not directly state it. Moreover, there’s no need for you to feel that the novel is beyond criticism. If you didn’t like the novel, or feel that it is wrongheaded, that’s more than okay, so long as you can articulate a specific reason for your distaste for four pages. Your main goal, then, is first to identify a theme from the novel, then to demonstrate how it manifests in the book. After (or while) demonstrating the theme’s existence, you may evaluate the theme, arguing whether or not it articulates a useful or interesting idea, or if, conversely, the novel seems to you to misunderstand the nature of its topic. The book is a horror novel, and we’ve discussed, throughout the semester, ways in which monsters from myth and media usually represent some sort of issue or anxiety already present in the culture in which the story is told. In class, we have discussed some of the things the monster may be said to represent or comment on: the role of science in the modern world, the dangers – or promise -- of democratic government, the role of women in society, the reality of social/economic equality, the function of education in society, and the nature of the “social contract” (that is, what values – family values, friendship, compassion -- make society possible?). Any one of these might be a general topic through which you can interpret the novel (don’t try to cover more than one unless you are convinced they are strongly related). You may write about any topic or theme you wish: if you are unsure if your idea is appropriate, set up a meeting with me, and we can talk it over. In general, I don’t feel comfortable assigning essay “prompt” questions, as I feel that the whole point of an essay assignment is for the writer to devise his or her own topic and terms of analysis. Certainly you may feel free to search the internet for likely topics, or do research into the work of literary critics to see what issues they discuss (cite them if you use them for your paper) – that’s partly why I assigned an article presentation for the class. One site you might look into would be www.penguin.com/static/pdf/teachersguides/Frankenstein.pdf. Your paper need not account for the whole novel, so do not waste time on plot summary. In this case, imagine that your audience has already read the novel, and thus get right to the theme you wish to write about. Your paper need only discuss that theme, and may ignore parts of the novel in which your theme does not appear. You’ll need to cite the book often, at least once per body paragraph, to substantiate your points, so be sure to take notes as you’re reading. Name: Description: ...
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