Frankenstein Essays

British Literature. Fri, Dec 4th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

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Today we went over our thesis statements. They looked great! I can’t wait to see how the essays turn out. Remember, you’ll be writing your essay in class on Monday from a detailed outline. Don’t forget the following:

7 Responses to “Frankenstein Essays”

  1. lezleigh marshall says:

    relevance of comparison? elaborate.

  2. JStallings says:

    Your thesis should argue something beyond the fact that the two works are similar. What that is depends on the works you’ve chosen. For example, an essay comparing Pinocchio to the monster should not merely point out the similarities and differences of the two created beings, but could argue that the monster might not have been so destructive had he been raised by a caring father. Use the similarities and differences to support your point, rather than making them the whole point.

  3. lezleigh marshall says:

    when citing a quote from hamlet,
    what do we put in the parentheses?
    “blah blah blah blah”(shakespeare act VI).


  4. JStallings says:

    Good question. Use Roman numerals for the act and scene, and Arabic numerals for the line numbers. If the quotation is longer than three typed lines, indent it and retain line breaks. If it is shorter, mark breaks with a forward slash. Like this, from Hamlet:
    “It shall be so. / Madness in great ones must not unwatch’d go” (III.i.1880-1).
    Notice that I shortened the second line number. If the quotation drifted over 1890, I would have to add a digit to show that: (III.i.1880-91).
    Does that make sense?

  5. lezleigh marshall says:

    no haha.
    “a bloody deed? Almost as bad, good mother, as killing a king and marry with his brother”(act 3 scene 4 page 2)

  6. lezleigh marshall says:

    what do i put in the parentheses for this quote, example.

  7. JStallings says:

    Sure. Parentheses go after the quotation, as you had it: “quotation” (citation).
    The first (capital) Roman numerals are the act, the second (lowercase) the scene: (III.iv). If you have line numbers, they go after the lowercase numerals.