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IMPORTANT! Deadlines for this week have been adjusted to accommodate the four-day weekend!

First Things First

Please go to the boards and ask any questions you have about the essay for this week. Be sure to check Notes below for some more background on the paper before posting!

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 February 24 at 11:59 PM

Replies to peers due by February 26 at 11:59 PM




So this is a class on writing arguments which means that for this next paper, you have to take a position that other reasonable people might not think is correct.

It's easy to say "The creature is a murderer" because that's a fact no reasonable person would argue against. It strangles people left and right just because they happen to know Victor. There's nothing to debate.

To make this an argument, you need to add a dimension that would lead to debate, like something that indicates a "cause and effect" relationship. Why is the creature murdering people? What drives Victor to destroy the female creature?

Also think about adding value to your argument, as in whether something is good or bad, reasonable or irrational, moral or immoral?

Look back to the questions I asked in week four for other examples of the kinds of questions that will help shape your thinking.

Finally, when you write you thesis, make sure it's one that gives reader a clear sense of that they are about to read. Think of it as a one-sentence summary of your paper as a whole, so if I were to ask you what your paper was about, you could tell me simply reciting your thesis.

If you have any questions about any of these ideas, please don't hesitate to ask me.

Your essay topic, requirements and deadlines can be found here.

FOR NEXT WEEK: Read Dracula, chapters 1-4! This is all we're reading from that novel.




The topic of your essay is to take the definition of evil you created in your timed writing and apply it to Frankenstein. Here are some points to consider:

  • Who or what is the source of evil in the novel?
  • How does the evil you find in the novel prove your definition is correct? Feel free to revise your definition if necessary.

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

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 February 25 at 11:59 PM