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ENGL 1302

Bobby Jones

Short Story Analysis Assignment

Short Story Choices:

“The Open Window” by Saki

“The Balek Scales” by Heinrich Böll

“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe’s

“Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid

“The Parable of the Prodigal Son” Luke 15:11-32

“Everything that Rises Must Converge” by Flannery O’Connor

“A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor

“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

“The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner

“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin

Critical analysis essay example (short story)

REFERENCE MATERIALS

A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms - This dictionary explores more than 1,000 literary terms and themes. New entries include traditional literary terms and themes; terrorism and prison literature, and more.

RECOMMENDED DATABASES

Project MUSE 
This scholarly, full text database contains article on many subject areas including Literature. Begin your search by entering the title of the short story in the search box.  Use the limiters on the left side of the screen to focus your search to Journals, full access (complete articles), or research areas. You can Modify a search to add keywords from your thesis - click on the + mark to add search boxes.  
JSTOR Arts & Sciences
Use the Advanced search screen for the best results. Enter the author's name and short story title as keywords, then add keyword from your thesis. Limit your search results to Articles, and choose from the disciplines list to focus your results.
Literature Resource Center
Scholarly journal articles, many full text.  Also articles in reference books.  The best search to find critical articles is the title search.  Type in the short story title and select "all words entered" before clicking the Search button. 
Bloom's Literary Reference Online
This database is a collection of critical essays discussing literature. These essays, originally published in print form, are accessible now for research online.

Note:  To access these databases from off campus, students may login with the barcode number from their Lone Star College ID or library card using the links above.

Poetry Analysis Assignment

Poem Choices:

“Everyone Sang” by Sigfried Sassoon

“Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes

“Annabel Lee”, “The Raven”, or “Ulalume” by Edgar Allan Poe

“I Hear America Singing” or “O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman

“My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning

“The Flea” or “The Sun Rising” by John Donne

“Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold

“Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Sonnet 130 (My mistress’s eyes…) by William Shakespeare

“How do I Love Thee…” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Barren Woman”, “Daddy”, or “Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath

“Lycidas” by John Milton

“Thanatopsis” or “Inscription for the Entrance to a Wood” by William Cullen Bryant

How to write a critical analysis essay on poetry

Critical analysis essay example (poetry)

CIRCULATING BOOKS

Reading Romantic Poetry  - demonstrates, through careful critical analysis, the ways in which the rich poetry of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries can speak directly to modern audiences.

AUDIO/VISUAL MATERIALS

The Romantic Poets - (DVD) A study of the prominent poets of the Romantic period featuring the works of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats and Byron.

RECOMMENDED DATABASES

Project MUSE 
This scholarly, full text database contains article on many subject areas including Literature. Begin your search by entering the title of the poem in the search box.  Use the limiters on the left side of the screen to focus your search to Journals, full access (complete articles), or research areas. You can Modify a search to add keywords from your thesis - click on the + mark to add search boxes.  
JSTOR Arts & Sciences
Use the Advanced search screen for the best results. Enter the poet's name and poem title as keywords, then add keyword from your thesis. Limit your search results to Articles, and choose from the disciplines list to focus your results.
Literature Resource Center
Scholarly journal articles, many full text.  Also articles in reference books.  The best search to find critical articles is the title search.  Type in the poem's title and select "all words entered" before clicking the Search button. 
Bloom's Literary Reference Online
This database is a collection of critical essays discussing literature. These essays, originally published in print form, are accessible now for research online.

Note:  To access these databases from off campus, students may login with the barcode number from their Lone Star College ID or library card using the links above.

Research Paper on Frankenstein

Mary Shelley, from the painting by S. J. Stump 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Mary Shelley was born August 30, 1797 in London, England to social philosopher William Godwin and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. Mary's mother died ten days after her birth, and she was raised, along with her half-sister Fanny Imlay (Mary Wollstonecraft's illegitimate daughter), by her father. William Godwin has been portrayed as a repressive patriarch with a rigid belief in his own rightness. When Mary ran off at sixteen with the then married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, her father stopped talking to her but continued to accept money from Percy Shelley. Mary came from a family of social radicals and entered a circle of social radicals. Thus she began a relationship with a married man at a time when such a union was a definite social impropriety. She and Shelley were married two years later after Shelley's wife committed suicide. Together they had three children, only one of whom reached adulthood. Mary wrote her most famous work, Frankenstein, when she was only nineteen years old. The novel was the result of a dream she had after a challenge that she, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and a doctor friend of theirs each write a ghost story. Only Mary complied and the result was Frankenstein. After Percy Shelley was killed in a boating accident in 1822, Mary made a living by writing critical essays, several other novels, and a travel book and editing and publishing her husband's poems. She died in London on February 1, 1851.

First published: 1817. Setting: Late eighteenth century Locale: Geneva, Switzerland; Ingolstadt, Germany; Scotland; Arctic Ocean  Note: This novel's full title is Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus.

Victor Frankenstein, while a student at the university in Ingolstadt, Germany, becomes obsessed with his ambition to create life as an addition to scientific knowledge. His success leads to the making of a monster the sight of whom fills him with "breathless horror and disgust". Throughout the rest of the novel Frankenstein is haunted by the specter of what he has accomplished while the monster tries to make a place for himself in a cruel world.  When Frankenstein refuses to create a mate for him, the monster embarks on a rampage of revenge. After Frankenstein is deprived of all whom he loved, he hunts the monster to the icy desolation of the Arctic to destroy that which he has wrought. Victor tells his story of horror and terror to Robert Walton, the captain of the ship which rescues him in the Arctic. Frankenstein's ensuing death and the monster's grief inspired vow to destroy himself bring this gothic novel to a close.

monster    CHARACTERS
    • Victor Frankenstein - the science student who creates the monster or demon
    • The Monster - Frankenstein's creation
    • Robert Walton - an explorer and captain of a ship on an expedition to the Arctic
    • Elizabeth Lavenza - Victor's fiance; adopted by Victor's parents and raised Elizabeth as his sister
    • Henry Clerval - friend of Victor
    • The DeLacey Family - the French family the monster observes from his hiding place

How to write a critical analysis essay on a novel

CIRCULATING BOOKS

Critical Issues: Mary Shelley - Graham Allen provides both an introduction to and review of the critical responses to Mary Shelley’s major fictions, from the Romantic period to the present day, while also pushing debates forward.

Mary Shelley in Her Times - This collection of essays offers a more complete and complex picture of Mary Shelley emphasizing the full range and significance of her writings in terms of her own era and ours

Mary Shelley: Her Life, Her Fiction, Her Monsters - An innovative, beautifully written analysis of Mary Shelley's life and works which draws on unpublished archival material as well as Frankenstein and examines her relationship with her husband and other key personalities.

The Lady and her Monsters - Montillo brings to life the fascinating times, startling science, and real-life horrors behind Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein.

AUDIO/VISUAL MATERIALS

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus - (audiobook) Read by Simon Vance.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein - Directed by Kenneth Branagh

RECOMMENDED DATABASES

Project MUSE 
This scholarly, full text database contains article on many subject areas including Literature. Begin your search by entering the title of the novel in the search box.  Use the limiters on the left side of the screen to focus your search to Journals, full access (complete articles), or research areas. You can Modify a search to add keywords from your thesis - click on the + mark to add search boxes.  
JSTOR Arts & Sciences
Use the Advanced search screen for the best results. Enter the author's name and Frankenstein as keywords, then add keyword from your thesis. Limit your search results to Articles, and choose Language and Literature from the disciplines list to focus your results.
Literature Resource Center
Scholarly journal articles, many full text.  Also articles in reference books.  The best search to find critical articles is the title search.  Type in Frankenstein and select "all words entered" before clicking the Search button. 
Bloom's Literary Reference Online
This database is a collection of critical essays discussing literature. These essays, originally published in print form, are accessible now for research online. Find information about Frankenstein or about Mary Shelley's life and her work. 

Note:  To access these databases from off campus, students may login with the barcode number from their Lone Star College ID or library card using the links above.

 

GETTING HELP FOR YOUR ASSIGNMENT

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Citing Sources Using MLA Style | Lone Star College-Kingwood Library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.

Avoiding Plagiarism | Excellent information and guide on how to avoid plagiarism from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.

University of Texas Copyright Crash Course | This helpful guide on copyright is suggested by Lone Star College-Kingwood Teaching and Learning Center.

The Learning Center | Check the TLC hours for in-house tutoring.


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