British Soc & Lit 1: Final Paper Assignment

Course Paper Project for British Society & Literature 1

Topics already approved 

  1. Dorian: Is Lord Henry a symbol of (or literally) the Devil?
  2. P&P: Why does Wickham want to marry Lydia if she has no money?
  3. Dorian: What does the picture itself mean or symbolize?
  4. Dorian: How do the other characters reflect Dorian’s loss of purity?
  5. Venice: Do Shylock and Jessica ever love each other?
  6. Mental illness in “My Last Duchess”?
  7. P&P: Is Elizabeth a feminist character, and how?
  8. Dorian: Why isn’t Dorian ever actually shown with young, single women?
  9. P&P: Elizabeth’s first rejection is important because it makes her grow, change as a person, and it makes the whole story attractive.
  10. Miller’s Tale: Why Alison is justified in cheating and how it affects the story.
  11. P&P: What stereotypical assumptions do Darcy and Mrs. Bennet have about marriage?
  12. P&P: How Collins-Wickham-Bennet will have or have poor marriages, and how Darcy will have a good marriage.
  13. “Easter wings” / “The altar”: How do the poems’ visual shapes reflect their meanings?
  14. Venice: Do Lorenzo and Jessica love each other?
  15. Venice: What does the pound of flesh symbolize apart from itself?

Write an MLA format argument paper of about 800 words on one (or more) of the course texts: Chaucer, The Merchant of Venice, Pride & Prejudice, The Picture of Dorian Gray, or a poem we studiedTry to discuss an issue or theme which explains the text(s); simply comparing two characters can be boring unless the comparison tells us something meaningful. Feel free to look at the blog questions or think about the presentations for ideas.

Due date, first draft: Thursday, May 31 in class (paper only, no e-mails)

  1. The paper must state an argument with examples and reasons, focused on the text.
  2. It’s OK if you use evidence or history from the time period of the text to help explain it, so long as your emphasis is on the text. Do not write a paper which is really about your best friend or about K-Pop.
  3. The paper must directly quote from the text to prove your arguments. If your paper has three irrelevant quotes I will assume you didn’t read the text. Use short quotes rather than padding the paper with useless long quotes.
  4. Important!: Here is how the paper will work. You will e-mail me (keneckert @ hanyang. ac. kr) a one paragraph proposal, where you will describe what you are going to discuss and what question or argument you are going to answer or prove in your paper. You should do this soon, because: a) I won’t accept a paper without an accepted proposal; and b) once a proposal is accepted, no other student can write on the same argument. For this reason your proposal needs to be specific. I will reject vague, one-sentence proposals saying, e.g. “I want to write about why Dorian is bad.” How and why is he bad? How will you prove it?
  • Again, the most common reason proposals are rejected is that they are too short and vague.
  • Your second paper in this course will be a revision of this first paper, due on the last day of classes by e-mail (Thursday, June 21).
  • We will be spending four classes discussing how to write, research, and edit academic argument papers.
  • Refer to the “Files” heading on this site for an example of MLA formatting. We’ll discuss this in class as well.
  • Grading will be on four criteria: Grammar; structure; argumentation, and text support (quoting). Each draft is worth 15%.