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ENC 1102 Dr. Jon W. Brooks E020 email@example.com PAPER #4 (100 PTS.) DATE DUE: DECEMBER 1, 2011 Please write a 900+ word paper on one of the following topics: 1. Explain how Faith in “Young Goodman Brown,” Georgiana in “The Birthmark,” and Elizabeth in “The Minister’s Black Veil” are used to reveal some truth about the central male characters in each story. Describe the similarities that you see among these women characters. 2. What is known about the kind of person Hamlet was before his father’s death? Does he have the stature of a tragic hero such as Oedipus? How does news of the murder and his mother’s remarriage affect his behavior and view of life? Is he mad, as Polonius assumes, or is he pretending to be mad? Is there a “method in `t” (II.ii.200)? What do we learn from Hamlet’s soliloquies? 3. Read the section on critical thinking (pp. 2041-44) in Chapter 53, “Critical Strategies for Reading” in The Bedford Introduction to Literature, and then research critical commentary on Frost’s “The Oven Bird” p. 1109. Write an essay describing the range of interpretations that you find. Which interpretation do you think is the most convincing? Why? 4. Analyze the humor in four of Billy Collins’s poems included in The Bedford Introduction to Literature (see also “Introduction to Poetry” [p. 764] and “Marginalia” [p. 787]. What purpose does the humor serve? Does the humor appeal to you? Explain why or why not, giving examples. Use LINCC Web to access databases like Literature Resource Center or JSTOR to do your research. I will accept only full-length, critical essays for your sources, no abstracts, book reviews, or excerpts from critical articles. Information regarding the author’s life should be limited. Be sure to use the texts to support your interpretations. Failure to quote from the primary texts, the stories themselves, will result in a failing grade. This is a research paper in that you must incorporate a minimum of three critical sources relating to your chosen literary work or works into your 3rd person critical analysis; papers may be longer and may incorporate more than the minimum number of sources. Please use quotation (You must quote from the primary source or sources!) and paraphrase in your paper; you must follow the most current MLA format for handling citations as found in The Bedford Handbook. Please consult Chapter 54 & Chapter 55 in your literature book for further help and direction. Sources not available to you include Wikipedia, Sparknotes, the Bible, the Koran, dictionaries, encyclopedias, Cliff's Notes, Monarch Notes, Masterplots or Masterplots II. The Internet cannot be used for finding sources; use LINCC Web. If you are in doubt about the validity of a source, please ask me. Students who plagiarize will earn themselves a zero on the paper. Be sure to submit your paper to www.turnitin.com before class begins on December 1, 2011.
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