Now that you have completed Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, you are in a good position to consider what critics have written about the novel. You will need a total of two critiques (also known as critical analysis essays) for this assignment.
First, use the selection of links below to locate a critical analysis essay written about the 1818 version of Mary Shelley’s novel. You may focus most of your attention on this first critique.
Choose from among these sources:
- Romantic Circle’s Critiques:
- Professor Naomi Hetherington’s critique: https://s3.amazonaws.com/StraighterLine/ENG102/Topic+4%3A+Evaluation/Hetherington%2C+_Creator+and+Created+in+Frankenstein_.pdf
In addition to the critiques, you will also need to include the novel, Frankenstein, as a source.
Your evaluation may go more smoothly if you approach the guiding questions in this order:
Evaluate the critic/author:
Who wrote the criticism you read? What credentials does the author
have? (If you are using a valid source, you should be able to find
Find the thesis of the article:
What is the thesis of the critical article you’ve chosen? What point does the author want to make about Frankenstein?
Evaluate the thesis:
Do you agree with this thesis? Why or why not? We’ve covered many
ideas in the study guides. Can you find points within the guides that
support your agreement or disagreement with the critical writer(s)? Look
for new supporting information rather than revisiting the same ones the
critics have chosen.
Evaluate the support:
Whether you agree or disagree with the thesis, does the critic provide sufficient research from the text and outside references to make a strong case? What does the article have for support from the text or outside sources? In your opinion, what makes these references valid? Do you feel the author uses this support properly?
Next, locate a second critique about the novel that includes ideas
somewhat similar (genre classification, for instance) to any of the
discussions you have in your essay. The second critique can either
support or refute any of the claims in your paper. The objective of this
portion of the essay is to further support your opinion of the primary
critic’s thesis or support. Therefore, for example, if you choose a
secondary article that refutes any of your claims, you will need to
counteract those ideas to bring the focus of your essay back in
alignment with your essay’s thesis (your personal opinion of how the
primary critic is either correct or incorrect in his or her thesis claim
and/or how the first critic is either effective or ineffective in his
or her support). Every discussion in this essay should ultimately
support the claim you make in your thesis.
In addition to addressing each of the evaluative components above, develop your essay so it has a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. You must include an evaluative thesis statement both the introduction and the conclusion. Ensure that each of your claims are supported with valid evidence from the literary criticism you have chosen,the novel, Frankenstein, and/or the study guides.
Using proper MLA style, insert parenthetical citations for all borrowed information in addition to a Works Cited page for Frankenstein and your chosen literary critiques
Helpful Hints: For a thesis statement, try answering a question like: How and how well does this piece of criticism state and support its argument regarding Frankenstein?
The guidelines for this assignment are:
Length: This assignment should be a minimum of 3 typed pages or at least 750 words.
- MLA-style source documentation and Works Cited
- Your last name and page number in the upper-right corner of each page
- Double-spacing throughout
- Standard font (TimesNewRoman, Calibri)
- Title, centered after heading
- 1” margins on all sides
- Save the file using one of the following extensions: .docx, .doc, .rtf, or .txt
Underline your thesis statement in the introductory paragraph.