Frankenstein Critical Analysis Evaluation Essay

Frankenstein Critical Analysis Evaluation Essay

 

 

 

 

Note: Please review the source guidelines below very carefully. If you do not choose from the

 

 

 

provided sources below, this will cause a grading delay and you will need to resubmit the

 

 

 

assignment.

 

For this assignment you will write your evaluation essay. You are required to submit only your

 

 

 

final draft for this assignment (though we encourage all students to take advantage of the

additional feedback a draft can provide). Use the grader’s feedback and the rubric to make

 

 

 

 

revisions to your draft before submitting the final. Your second draft will be graded.

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:

 

ipl2 Literary Criticism collection: If you use this site, you must choose from the first

 

seven critiques listed as the final two are not scholarly:

 

( http://www.ipl.org/div/litcrit/bin/litcrit.out.pl?ti=fra-63

 

Professor Sherry Ginn’s critique:1 http://www.clas.ufl.edu/ipsa/2003/ginn.html

 

Professor Naomi Hetherington’s

 

critique: http://knarf.english.upenn.edu/Articles/hether.html

 

 

 

 

The questions in the study guides should have helped you evaluate this criticism in your

 

head. Now it’s time to write it down!

 

Your evaluation may go more smoothly if you approach the guiding questions in this order:

 

1. Evaluate the critic/author:

 

 

 

 

 

Who wrote the criticism you read? What credentials does the author have (education,

 

 

 

professional career, other publications, etc.)? (If you are using a credible author, you should

 

 

 

be able to find her/his credentials fairly easily)

 

2. 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?

 

 

 

 

 

3. Evaluate the thesis:

 

 

 

 

1 Note: You should avoid reading Ginn’s article too simplistically. A common misperception is that Ginn is arguing in

 

favor of this novel being an autobiography, but if you read her article in full, you will find that this isn’t really the

 

 

 

 

 

 

case. If you misinterpret your chosen source, it will affect your own arguments, so please read carefully.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

4. 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, and discuss how this second critique agrees

and/or disagrees with the first one. For instance, if the first critic argues that Shelley’s writing

 

 

 

 

is juvenile, does the second critic agree with this assessment? If the first critic believes the

 

 

 

novel is autobiographical, does the second critic concur? These are just a few examples of

 

 

 

how you can include this second critique in order to have a polished, comprehensive

 

 

 

Evaluation Essay of your own.

 

 

 

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 MLA2 style, insert parenthetical citations for all borrowed information in

 

addition to a Works Cited page for Frankenstein and your chosen literary critiques; you are

 

 

 

 

not required to cite the study guides if you use them.

Hint: 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?

 

 

 

 

You might use these as possible guidelines in crafting your thesis statement:

 

(Critic, aka author of the critique) uses (add critic title) to (add an adjective to describe the

 

 

 

 

 

effectiveness of the argument such as “adequately” or “inadequately”) argue that (add critic’s thesis)

 

 

 

 

 

by (explain why and/or include your support).

 

 

 

OR

 

 

 

 

(Critic)’s (add critique title) (add an adjective to describe the effectiveness of the argument such as

 

 

 

 

 

 

“adequately” or “inadequately”) argue that (add critic’s thesis) because (explain why and/or include

 

 

 

 

 

your support).

 

 

 

 

 

More specific thesis examples:

2 Tip: Review the course topics for MLA resources. Failure to use MLA style will mean a point deduction.

 

John Smith uses “Frankenstein Critique Essay” to adequately argue that Victor’s mother created the

 

 

 

 

 

 

first monster by coddling Victor as a boy.

 

 

 

OR

 

 

 

 

John Smith’s “Frankenstein Critique Essay” does not effectively argue that Victor’s mother created the

 

first monster because the novel Frankenstein too strongly supports inherent good or bad, which

 

 

 

 

 

 

means nurturing roles cannot be held responsible.

 

 

 

 

 

The guidelines for this assignment are as follows:

Length: This assignment should be at least 750 words.

 

Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the

 

 

 

 

following information:

Your first and last name

 

Course Title (Composition II)

 

Assignment name (Evaluation Essay)

 

Current Date

 

Format:

 

MLA-style source documentation and Works Cited3

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Reminder: You need at least two critiques in addition to the novel in Works Cited in order to

 

receive the highest score. In other words, you need three sources total in cited in the essay and

 

 

 

 

on the Works Cited page in order to earn the maximum points in the corresponding column on

the grading rubric. Failure to meet the source minimum will result in a severe decrease in your

 

grade.

 

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