Assignment instructions: frankenstein critical analysis evaluation

 

Assignment Instructions: Frankenstein Critical Analysis Evaluation Essay

Note:  Please review the source guidelines below very carefully. If you do not  choose from the provided sources below, this will cause a grading delay  and you will need to resubmit the assignment.

For this  assignment, you will write your evaluation essay. You are required to  submit only your final draft for this assignment (though we encourage  all students to take advantage of the additional feedback a draft can  provide). Use the grader’s feedback and the rubric to make revisions to  your draft before submitting the final. Your second draft will be  graded.

   

Now that you have completed Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, you are  in a good position to consider what critics have written about the  novel. You will need a total of two critiques (also known as critical analysis essays) for this assignment.

First, use the selection of links below  to locate a critical analysis essay written about the 1818 version of  Mary Shelley’s novel. You may focus most of your attention on this first  critique.

Choose from among these sources:

The questions in the study guides should have helped you evaluate this criticism in your head. Now it’s time to write it down!

Your evaluation may go more smoothly if you approach the guiding questions in this order:

Evaluate the critic/author: 

Who wrote the criticism you read? What credentials does the author  have?  (If you are using a valid source, you should be able to find  these easily)

Find the thesis of the article: 

What is the thesis of the critical article you’ve chosen? What point does the author want to make about Frankenstein?

Evaluate the thesis: 

Do you agree with this thesis? Why or why not? We’ve covered many  ideas in the study guides. Can you find points within the guides that  support your agreement or disagreement with the critical writer(s)? Look  for new supporting information rather than revisiting the same ones the  critics have chosen.

Evaluate the support: 

Whether you agree or disagree with the thesis, does the critic  provide sufficient research from the text and outside references to make  a strong case? What does the article have for support from the text or  outside sources? In your opinion, what makes these references valid? Do  you feel the author uses this support properly?

Next, locate a  second critique about the novel that includes ideas somewhat similar  (genre classification, for instance) to any of the discussions you have  in your essay. The second critique can either support or refute any of  the claims in your paper. The objective of this portion of the essay is  to further support your opinion of the primary critic’s thesis or  support. Therefore, for example, if you choose a secondary article that  refutes any of your claims, you will need to counteract those ideas to  bring the focus of your essay back in alignment with your essay’s thesis  (your personal opinion of how the primary critic is either correct or  incorrect in his or her thesis claim and/or how the first critic is  either effective or ineffective in his or her support). Every discussion  in this essay should ultimately support the claim you make in your  thesis.

For instance, if the first critic argues that Shelley’s  writing is juvenile, and if you agree, does the second critic also  support this thesis? How so? If the second critic does not support your  assessment of the first critic’s thesis, what evidence can you use from  the text to argue that the second critic is incorrect? Consider another  example: if the first critic believes the novel is autobiographical, and  if you disagree, does the second critic help you argue you own view of  the first critic’s thesis? If so, how? Perhaps the second critic  disagrees with your view and feels the novel is autobiographical– if  that’s the case, be prepared to use evidence from the text to refute the  second critic’s thesis and support your own argument. Using two  critiques in this way will allow you to create a polished, comprehensive  Evaluation Essay that allows you to connect your own ideas to those of  seasoned critics.

In addition to addressing each of the  evaluative components above, develop your essay so it has a clear  introduction, body, and conclusion. You must include an evaluative  thesis statement both the introduction and the conclusion. Ensure that  each of your claims are supported with valid evidence from the literary  criticism you have chosen,the novel, Frankenstein, and/or the study  guides.

Using proper MLA2 style, insert parenthetical citations  for all borrowed information in addition to a Works Cited page for  Frankenstein and your chosen literary critiques; you are not required to  cite the study guides if you use them.

Helpful Hints: For a thesis statement, try answering a question like: How and how well does this piece of criticism state and support its argument regarding Frankenstein?

You might use these as possible guidelines in crafting your thesis statement:
(Critic,  aka author of the critique) uses (add critic title) to (add an  adjective to describe the effectiveness of the argument such as  “adequately” or “inadequately”) argue that (add critic’s thesis) by  (explain why and/or include your support).
OR
(Critic)’s  (add critique title) (add an adjective to describe the effectiveness of  the argument such as “adequately” or “inadequately”) argue that (add  critic’s thesis) because (explain why and/or include your support).

More specific thesis examples:

John  Smith uses “Frankenstein Critique Essay” to adequately argue that  Victor’s mother created the first monster by coddling Victor as a boy.
OR
John  Smith’s “Frankenstein Critique Essay” does not effectively argue that  Victor’s mother created the first monster because the novel Frankenstein  too strongly supports inherent good or bad, which means nurturing roles  cannot be held responsible.

The guidelines for this assignment are:

Length: This assignment should be a minimum of 3 typed pages or at least 750 words.

Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following information:

  • Your first and last name 
  • Course Title (Composition II)
  • Assignment name (Evaluation Essay, Writing Assignment 4)
  • Current Date

Format:

  • MLA-style source documentation and Works Cited
  • Your last name and page number in the upper-right corner of each page 
  • Double-spacing throughout 
  • Standard font (TimesNewRoman, Calibri) 
  • Title, centered after heading 
  • 1” margins on all sides
  • Save the file using one of the following extensions: .docx, .doc, .rtf, or .txt

Underline your thesis statement in the introductory paragraph. 

Reminder: You need at least two critiques  in addition to the novel in Works Cited in order to receive the highest  score. In other words, you need three sources total in cited in the  essay and on the Works Cited page in order to earn the maximum points in  the corresponding column on the grading rubric. Failure to meet the source minimum will result in a severe decrease in your grade.

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