Now that you have read, analyzed and interpreted three novels by the same author, you are to tie everything together for your final 10-12 page paper (12 point Times New Roman font only, double spaced) that addresses the question of “How does/did your author’s life influence his/her writing?”
In other words, combining biographical information with excerpts and analysis from the three works that you read this year, what conclusions can you draw about how your author’s life affected his/her work?
- First and by far most important, form a thesis after considering your novels and how/why the author’s life shaped them just as you did in your The Catcher in The Rye essay from earlier this year.
- Once you have an idea (and give yourself ample time to construct one), you are to craft a way to approach this – pick passages and events from your three novels to support your thesis. I would definitely use extensive material from your book notes for support.
- Next I would consult biographical information about your author but it is paramount that you correctly cite these sources using the MLA format (here is the link for MLA citations of quotes: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/02/). DO NOT JUST PARAPHRASE FROM WIKIPEDIA OR SPARKNOTES (you will probably need to consult biographies, authors’ websites, introductions to your novels, perhaps a credible internet source.) Also you are to properly cite quotes and longer passages from your three novels. PLAGIARISM WILL RESULT IN AUTOMATIC FAILURE SO PLEASE DO NOT RISK IT!!
- Additionally you are encouraged to go beyond what you have read (i.e. you may wish to read other works by your author) for your research.
- The suggested format is as follows: a) Introduction, which offers background about both the author’s life including an overview of the three books that you are analyzing (about 1-2 pages); b) Body, which seamlessly weaves in and out of your three novels, analyzing and drawing conclusions about they relate to your thesis (whatever that is). Be sure to extensively include quotes from the three novels (and more if needed). This should comprise about 6-8 pages; c) Conclusion. What does all this add up to? What should the reader gain from your author’s writing? What is the author’s purpose in writing these novels? How has your author influenced other writers, artists and thinkers? What is his/her place in the literary/cultural landscape? (1-3 pages).
- You must have a works cited page (this does not count as one of the 10-12 pages. Sorry.)
- You are encouraged to reference quotes, ideas etc. from your author. It is highly likely that your author has been interviewed many times over his/her life. (Again, be sure to properly cite this!)
- Some reminders for your final product:
- You need an original title – not FINAL PROJECT or anything boring like that!
- You must have a very clear, specific thesis in your introduction.
- You must write in the present tense.
- You must avoid the passive voice as much as possible.
- You must use academic vocabulary and liven up your diction.
- You must have a topic sentence for each paragraph.
- Each paragraph must support your topic sentence.
- Your argument must be logical and well thought out.
- You must use specific quotes, analysis and/or paraphrase from ALL THREE NOVELS to support your argument.
- You must have a thoughtful conclusion.
- Perhaps most important, you must write a convincing argument that supports your thesis.
- I am happy to help you as always so please see me.
DROP DEAD DUE DATE – Monday, May 18. No exceptions; nothing accepted after this date. Remember that this is worth 250 points and for some