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Honors Option Frankenstein Assignment Due Date: ________________________________ The following research essay assignment related to the novel Frankenstein is a required component of the honors option portfolio: Background: If we have learned anything from Mary Shelley and her novel Frankenstein, it is that playing "God" can be dangerous and irresponsible. Even today, modern science still grapples with some of those same issues and moral dilemmas. Task: Your task is to write a 2-3 page paper connecting the identified issue to the novel. The challenge of the assignment is to make a connection between the moral dilemmas raised in the novel and those occurring in the field of technology/science today. You must find at least two recent articles (written in the past 5 years) that have not been used/discussed in class. Some topics for research may include: cloning, gene/trait selection, stem cell research, “test tube” babies, the quest for immortality. Be sure to choose an issue that you feel strongly about and are comfortable discussing. Guidelines: *Be sure to reference the titles and authors of all sources used *Include a thesis statement in your introduction that relates to both the novel and the issue *Use at least three quotes from the articles and at least three quotes from the novel to support your major points *Thoroughly compare the issue in the article to similar issues in Frankenstein. *Include a Works Cited page *YOU MUST HAND IN COPIES OF THE ARTICLES ALONG WITH THE PAPER! Frankenstein Resources: Here are some good links connected to Frankenstein: http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/curric/languagearts/grade12.html#eg http://www.americanscientist.org/template/BookReviewTypeDetail/assetid/15572 www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/frankenstein/frank_modern_1.ht... Here is a link to a 1997-98 museum exhibit about Shelley and Frankenstein. It includes artwork and other sources related to the text.
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