OMPARE AND CONTRAST ESSAY OF Godfather Deathand Rappaccinis Daughter

Smith / Lone Star-Cy Fair a? ENGL 1302
Comparison/Contrast Essay
A major portion of literary analysis requires the critic to compare and
contrast common elements within genres.
a? Compare the chambermaid from a?The Goose Girla? and the unnamed
narrator in a?The Tell-Tale Heart.a? Despite the different roles in their
stories, how are their characterizations similar?
a? Or compare the young men from a?Rappaccinias Daughtera? (Giovanni)
and a?Godfather Deatha? (the Young Doctor). How are their situations
and actions similar?
PART 1 DUE: FRIDAY 02.24.12: PRINT VERSION ONLY.
PART 2 DUE: Monday 03.05.12 uploaded to turnitin.com.
This project is divided into two stages. Part one consists of detailing a brief, preliminary
plan in academic terms which will propose your initial ideas and show a strong,
working thesis.
OBJECTIVES
1. Isolate a tentative thesis regarding your choice of the two supplied stories.
For example:
Ironically, in two Grimm Brothersa stories both the Chambermaid in the
a?The Goose Girla? and the Young Doctor from a?Godfather Deatha? seem to have
similar aggressive characteristics.
a? This shows the instructor you have a plan of attack; likewise this does not
represent the fi nal version of a thesis, but does open up possible discussion
and necessary revisions.
2. In 100 words, or more, propose a brief summary of what evidence you can provide
from your recent readings of the texts. What do you view as your most important
evidence? What defense immediately comes to mind? Quote an example.
3. Print out using standard MLA guidelines. (See on-line template provided.) assignment 01-part 1
Smith / Lone Star-Cy Fair a? ENGL 1302
assignment 01-part 2
Comparison/Contrast Essay
A major portion of literary analysis requires the critic to compare and
contrast common elements within genres.
a? Compare the chambermaid from a?The Goose Girla? and the unnamed
narrator in a?The Tell-Tale Heart.a? Despite the different roles in their
stories, how are their characterizations similar? Why?
a? Or compare the young men from a?Rappaccinias Daughtera? (Giovanni)
and a?Godfather Deatha? (the Young Doctor). How are their situations
and actions similar? Why?
PART 2 DUE: Monday 03.05.12 uploaded to turnitin.com.
OBJECTIVES
1. Isolate a strong thesis statement regarding the two stories.
2. Remember you want to feature your topic throughout the essay. Each paragraph
must defend your main focus. Be sure to support the thesis with secondary
evidence details from each story.
3. When writing the fi rst draft, be sure subsequent paragraphs include topic
sentences relating to your thesis.
4. Create an interesting, intricate introduction which clearly shows
the focus of your essay and leads the reader into subsequent paragraphs.
5. Be sure each new paragraph includes a strong transitional phrase.
6. Use fi ve or more sentences per paragraph.
7. Use the correct MLA essay format outlined in SF Writer. Show Works Cited page.
8. Essay Length: 3 or more pages.
9. Keep in mind, you do not want to spend most of your paper comparing
or contrast obvious characteristics: I already know there are many differences
and many similarities between the characters.
1o. Be sure to proof your work. {
Smith / Lone Star-Cy Fair a? ENGL 1302
Comparison/Contrast Essay
Be sure to consult your copy of SF Writer or A Writeras Reference
from English 1301 for any documentation or research questions.
ADDITIONAL ITEMS OF IMPORTANCE
1. Be sure to use signal phrases and proper in-text notes. In this assignmentas case,
the names of authors are less important to mention in parenthetical notations.
Page numbers are more important. See appropriate models listed for book entries
in the SFW pages 302 or in AWR on pages 382-385.
example:
In the fairy tale a?Godfather Death,a? the Grimm Brothers establish a
personifi ed fi gure of death, who is often described with human features.
He is shown walking a?with withered legsa? (209).
2. When quoting dialogue, be sure to punctuate details correctly.
example:
The Grimm Brothers show show the mother-fi gure giving her daughter a
bloody cloth: a?The old queen said, a?Dear child, preserve this carefully, it will
be of service to you on your waya a? (405).
3. If quoting more than four lines of text in your paper, use an indented block quote.
See examples on page 337 of SFW or page 382 in AWR.
4. All work cited entries must follow proper MLA guidelines, alpha-order by
last name of author.
example:
Smith, Robert and Jean. a?Complexities.a? The Complete Story.
Trans. James Stern. New York: Random House, 1972. Print. assignment 01-part 2