Essay (10 pages excluding the works cited)
Write a coherent, well-organized, analytical essay addressing one of the following topics. The goal is critical analysis which is supported by well-chosen references from the works you are interpreting. The topics are broad and will need to be narrowed; establish your particular focus in your introduction.
Use MLA format. You are required to consult secondary sources for this essay (2 or 3) but use the ideas and arguments of other critics sparingly, intelligently, and in a scholarly manner.
Come up with a creative title, nothing generic.
Topic: A recurring theme in literature is the clash between a passion and a responsibility. For instance, a personal cause, a love, a desire for revenge, a determination to redress a wrong, or some other emotion or drive in conflict with moral duty. Use the two literary works below in which characters confront the demands of a private passion that conflicts with duty. Discuss the nature of the conflicts, their effects upon characters, and significance to the works.
Part 2 Critical Article Review (5 pages excluding the works cited)
Locate an article/chapter that specifically addresses the text The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Ann Bronte or an aspect related to the text. Your secondary source must be a scholarly one—a journal, one chapter from a book of essays—not Wikipedia, Sparksnotes, or a blog!
You will need to read the article/chapter closely in order to assess both the content and the methodology of the piece. What is the central argument/thesis? What kind of evidence does the author use to support that argument? Likewise, come up with a creative title.
In the assignment you submit, you are expected to provide a brief summary of the key points (one or two paragraphs) and evaluate the argument (how persuasive is it? What is its relevance to your reading? Weaknesses/strengths of the article?).