Essay Questions (be sure to address both questions within your paper): In what ways is the issue of monstrosity at stake in both Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations? How might those 2 texts be connected in relation to the theme of monstrosity, and what is the significance of that connection?
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations are the only 2 sources that can and must be used for this paper. Monstrosity is much more clearly at stake in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, so what sort of connections can you make within your more focused central argument/thesis between both texts in this paper? You will need to use an effective amount of direct quotations from those 2 texts in order to support the claims that you make in your paper, and they must be cited and documented in correct MLA format. Be sure to be consistent with your use of direct quotations. Any claim that you make about a text needs to be supported with a direct quotation from that text. However, like all papers in this course, this writing project must be primarily based on your own opinions, ideas, and arguments. And related to that, go far beyond in terms of this essay and what you discuss in your paper. Please also keep in mind the context and purpose of this assignment. It is not a personal essay, and it is not a critical response paper. That implies that the personal pronoun ‘I’ will not be used in this essay, as this is more of an academic assignment. Also, be sure to avoid the use of contractions, and use language and academic conventions appropriate for a formal essay. Again, this paper should be based on your own opinions, ideas, and arguments, but those fundamental aspects should be effectively presented within an academic essay. As has been discussed in class, don’t just restate the essay topic as your central argument/thesis. Your central argument/thesis needs to go beyond the essay topic, and you must craft a more specific approach and central argument/thesis within those more broad essay questions. It’s not just about making connections between the texts within the scope of an answer to the essay questions—although that approach would at least be a good place to start when attempting to generate a more specific paper topic for this assignment—but it is also about what you do with those connections in relation to their significance, and how you discuss them within a more specific argument that addresses the essay questions. So be mindful of these issues as you prepare for and execute this assignment.