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First Things First

Please go to the boards and ask any questions you have about the essay for this week.

If you don't have any questions about the paper, ask any question you want (within reason). Just make sure to ask a question.

Also, make sure that you reply to two peers.

Initial post due by March 16 at 11:59 PM

Replies to peers due by March 18 at 11:59 PM




Hopefully by now you have your Frankenstein papers back. Please make sure that you my comments carefully and use them on this essay.

For many of you, the issue remains organization, and I urge you to review the AEES page to get a clear sense of what an argumentative paragraph should look like.

Most importantly, make sure your paper has a strong thesis statement that lets the reader know what your paper is about, and also that your paragraphs have strong assertions that make an arguable claim. Ask yourself if any reasonable person would disagree with your assertions. If the answer is no, then try again.

"Victor creates a monster" would not be a good assertion because it states a fact. No reasonable person would disagree.

"Victor's uncontrolled ego and desire to play God leads him to create a monster" is better due to the "cause and effect" relationship of the assertion and the judgments being made on his motives. Clearly, the writer of this assertion sees Victor as behaving poorly, as having the wrong motivation. These factors help form an argument.

Also, if you intend to write a comparison between the creature and Dracula, make sure the terms are balanced. What that means is if you talk about the creature in terms of cleanliness, wealth and appearance, you then must discuss Dracula in terms of cleanliness, wealth and appearance.

There are also two models of organization for a paper like this.

Thesis: Drac vs. creature in terms of cleanliness, wealth and appearance.

  • Drac
    • Cleanliness
    • Wealth
    • Appearance

  • Creature
    • Cleanliness
    • Wealth
    • Appearance


  • Cleanliness
    • Drac vs. creature
  • Wealth
    • Drac vs. creature
  • Appearance
    • Drac vs. creature

What's important is that you keep the terms of the comparison balanced, so the reader gets a clear picture of the two. You obviously want one for a roommate and not the other, but that's why you have to keep it balanced in order to appear fair. Make sense? If not, let me know.

Now get that paper done and start thinking about the research paper!




You have a choice of essay topics this time. While I would love to take credit for these topics, they are courtesy of previous classes.

Choose one of the following:

What makes Jonathan Harker the perfect victim for Dracula? What is he afraid of deep down inside? What character traits lead him to fall into Dracula's traps? Consider the board posts describing Harker for help.

Who would make a better roommate: Dracula or Frankenstein's creature? Seriously. This is a legitimate topic. Keep in mind that you need to compare the two point-for-point. For example, if you discuss Dracula as tidy and handsome, you have to discuss how tidy and handsome the creature is.

Feel free to use ideas and even passages from your previous papers.

The minimum word count is 750, and please remember to make good use of quotes from the text to support your points.

Organization is essential to a successful argument! Make sure you have a strong central thesis and focused body paragraphs that make use of AEES for their structure!

Email your essay to me as an attachment no later than March 18 at 11:59 PM