Critical Response paper due by 11:59 p.m. Friday 7/8. The final exam will be in the
form of a Critical Response Paper. The paper will be a four to five page research-supported, analytical essay (1000-1250 words) on a single text from the assigned readings.
Prompt: Pick one of the assigned novels and explain how the work directly and indirectly represents a social commentary upon America, the American people, or the American culture, and explain that commentary. You may build upon a topic you pursued in a previous response paper, but the argument in this paper should be substantially different.
Brown, Charles Brockden. Weiland; or, The Transformation (1798).
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Blithedale Romance (1852)
Twain, Mark. Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894).
Kerouac, Jack. On The Road (1957).
Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
Your analysis should attempt to determine a larger significance related by the author of the text. Organize your paper as a persuasive argument, driven by an interesting and concise thesis and supported by evidence from the text. As a minimum, besides at least one quote from the text you are analyzing, you need to include quotes from at least one scholarly source. No quotes, however, should be included as part of the paper’s length requirement. Your paper should conform to MLA standards, although other styles such as Chicago or APA will be acceptable with prior confirmation. The final essay should be typed or computer generated papers with all text in Times New Roman, 12 point font and should have 1″ margins on the sides, top, and bottom. Your name, section number, and date should be in the upper left (or right) hand corner of the first sheet, and your last name with the page number should appear on the top right of any remaining pages. Failure to conform to the above guidelines without prior approval from me may result in a reduction of credit for that assignment. Remember also that all submitted assignments may be processed through Turnitin.Com to verify originality.
Other Considerations and Requirements:
—The analysis you present must be your own. A good analysis must be consistent within the critical framework or lens that you use to view the text.
—Your source must be scholarly and reliable. By and large, avoid “surfing the web” for material. Sources such as Wikipedia, Schmoop, Cliffnotes, Sparknotes, Enotes, or any of the countless other sites from the open web that promise literary analyses are not allowed as source material. Use the library databases for discovering suitable sources.
—Your analysis must convey some sense of importance or meaning to your readers. It is not sufficient, for example, to only discuss the satire and imagery of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” How does the effect of such a satirical style impact the readers? What relevant message imbedded within the style should readers gain from the text?
—All submitted papers need to be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
—Since you should assume that the audience for your paper is already familiar with the text you are analyzing, there is no need to either retell the narrative or relate the biography of the author.
—You must have a Works Cited page as part of your essay, though it does not count as part of the essay length.

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