Compare and contrast poes the tell tale heart withThe Boarded Windowby Ambrose Bierce

Paper 1 Guidelines

Your first paper is a short (3 pages), fairly informal (in terms of essays simply because I am NOT requiring citations) paper. Select two of the following short stories to compare and contrast (all of which will have been read by week 5 when this paper is due):

The Tell-Tale Heart
The Road Virus Heads North
The Grave
Draculaas Guest
The Boarded Window
Good Friday
The Interruption
The Entertainment

There are some obvious choices such as two of the three vampire stories but, as always, I encourage some deeper analytical thinking. Just keep in mind that for a true compare/contrast, the stories do need to have some elements in common, so donat try to be too innovative by picking two that are worlds apart.

A lot of this information will make more sense as we get farther into the course so donat panic.

This is not straight analysis. In your essay, you must address the following 3 elements for each story:

Identify which POV is used and how this adds to the effectiveness of the story.

Identify who or what the a?monstera? is in the story with support on how you came to your conclusion. This is who YOU deem as the monster, not who the protagonist feels is the monster.

Outline how the author creates the necessary atmosphere (that Lovecraft deems all-important) intended to evoke fear in the reader. This should be more than ONE literary element.

DO NOT just list all of the above elements in laundry-list fashion. If you do this, your paper will receive a failing mark. Also, this is not a research paper. Your entire essay should be your own analysis of the three above elements compared between your two chosen stories (DO NOT mention other stories by the same author, other stories that you are reminded of, or movies that have similar themes). Stick to these stories and these specific elements.

If itas been a long time since you last wrote an academic essay, maybe this will help. In essence, you are writing a five paragraph essay: an introduction with a thesis statement that PREDICTS, CONTROLS, and OBLIGATES (check out file in Writing Files), three body paragraphs (ONE for each of the elements: POV, Monster, Atmosphere), then a concluding paragraph summing up your paper (do NOT summarize the stories).

When addressing POV be sure to discuss its effectiveness. DO NOT tell me the story is first POV then go on to give examples of the use of a?Ia? and a?mea? throughout. Simply identify it then spend your time discussing a?whya? this is effective. I know why they are considered first or thirda I want to know WHY you think this is the most effective way to tell the story. For example, we know that TTH is first but WHY is it so important for this particular story that the reader be inside the narratoras head? Why is it important/effective to be so close and not be privy to outside information? Ask yourself these questions. Also, try to avoid telling us why another POV wouldnat work (i.e. a?First works best because third wouldnat work at all.a? Last, if youare discovering that youare writing about why the chosen POV DIDNaT work or how the other storyas vantage point worked bettera REASSESS. Maybe this story isnat working. Your goal should be to find two stories whose POVs work equally well for each storyline.

When addressing who/what the monster is, be sure to use text quotes to support your observations (but donat let the quotes overpower your own writinga select one or two short effective quotes to illustrate your point). We will discuss this a bit more in the coming weeks but be sure that you donat automatically align the monster with the antagonist of the story. Remember, the monster can be a person or an entity or even an internal impetus. It is crucial here that you explain what passages in the text led you to your conclusions. As stated above, your goal here is to tell us who YOU think is the monster not who the character thinks it is. In TTH, it is clear that the narrator thinks that the old manas eye is evil. Do you? Do you feel that this is the ultimate evil force in the piece?

When outlining how the author creates the atmosphere be sure to analyze ALL elements that contribute to atmosphere (remember it is NOT the weathera it is many elements converged together to create the mood) and use text quotes (judiciously) to support your assertions. Here be sure that you examine all of the ways or literary devices that the author uses to create the a?overall mooda that you experience with the piece. Consider the POV, diction, sentence structure, dialogue, description (imagery), etc. Pick two or three that you feel are the most important and explain how the author uses them. For example, does the POV in TTH help to create the fear? Do the short, choppy sentences help to create that feeling of frenzy?

One of the main pitfalls when writing about literature is the summary rut. DO NOT retell the story. A dead giveaway is any statement like a?This story is abouta¦.a? Ive read the story countless timesa DO NOT tell me what happened again. Stick to the elements above and forget about plot. You can assume for the most part that your audience has read the stories. If you are compelled to discuss some element of WHAT happened, be sure it is in the framework of WHY.

I expect that you will write complete, coherent sentences paying special attention to your grammar and spelling. Just because the paper is short and labeled informal does not mean you can pass in sloppy work. There should be an introduction (identifying both titles and authors) with a thesis (check out the file in the Writing Files modules on what an effective thesis does), body paragraphs and a closing (summing up what you have done in the papera not the stories). If you need clarification on something, post it on the discussion board.

There is a file in your Writing Files Module titled: Writing About Literature. In it, you will read about Compare and Contrast. Use the Point-by-Point method. Do not use the Block method or any other combination. In your Organizer, you will find two useful files explaining HOW to go about writing point-by-point and some brief sample student Introductions. If you are still confused about this, email me. I can give you some more great examples.

In terms of logistics:
Use MS Word. If you do not have it, you must SAVE your document as a Rich Text Format (.rtf). If you do not know how to do this, check out the file in the Resources module on your Home Page for some instructions.
3 pages, 1 inch margins all around
12 point Times New Roman
Double spaced. PLEASE check out the file in the Resources section on your Homepage. Many think they are double-spacing when they are not and this poses many problems for electronic submissions. Take a quick peek to ensure that you are performing this function correctly.
Standard essay formattinga indented first line paragraphs, no extra space between
Use the Assignment Drop Box to submit your paper. Once you are in this feature, you use the Add Attachments button then be sure to click Submit. Do not PASTE the essay into the comments box. Let me know if you have trouble.
Include on the first pagea Name, Title, Course and Section number

Select two of the first 10 stories.
Compare and contrast by addressing the three pointed elements for each story in point by-point method.
Write out the elements in paragraph form expanding briefly.
DO NOT include any outside sources.
Two to three pages typed, double spaced.
Submit using the Assignment Dropbox as an ATTACHMENT.
Due: Feb 26th
Maximum score: 100

The paper is due in week 5, which means that it is due when the week 5 assignments are due (Feb 26). Late papers will only be accepted if you notify me beforehand and know that your grade will go down with each passing day that it is late. I will only accept them up to 5 days late, which means ABSOLUTELY no later than March 2. Check out the Rubric for the point deductions for tardiness.

There is a grading rubric attached to th