Essay: Choose one of the topics below related to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Your essay should include an introduction, thesis statement, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. You must answer the question completing and use cited references to the novel for support. For this essay, you are required to use at least two outside sources in addition to the primary text (Frankenstein). Your essay should include a thorough investigation of the topic as well as evidence from Shelley’s novel to support a relation to the text.  Your response should demonstrate that you have read the novel in its entirety (not just the first chapter). This means you will need to include at least five citations of the text.  Choose one of the following topics:

  • How has Frankenstein been depicted in artwork and film over the years? How do these depictions relate to Shelley’s original work? Be sure to read or watch at least one of these interpretations to focus and support your discussion.
  • The subtitle of Frankenstein is “The Modern Prometheus.” Why? How does this relate to the idea of the “Romantic Hero”? What is the suggested relationship between science and nature in the novel?
  • What is the nature versus nurture debate all about? When you use Frankenstein as evidence, what does it suggest about this debate?

As part of your essay, you may provide a brief summary of the novel (no more than ½ a page in length – imagine that your reader is already familiar with the work).  Be sure to refer specifically to the primary text (with at least 5 citations).  You are also required to use at least two outside sources (in addition to the primary text) for this paper, and you must have at least six citations from these outside sources (so you might have three citations from each, or four from one and two from another, etc.). Your sources must come from the library resources (books or databases), google scholar, or other college-level, scholarly works.  In general, no websites may be used unless I have approved the source in advance. Preceding your essay, you must provide an outline of your essay. Refer to the Writing Requirements for details regarding each section of your essay. You may find this easier to write after your first draft is complete, or you may find that you need to change your original outline after your first draft is written. This outline, which should include your thesis statement, shows that you’ve carefully considered the organization of your essay and where you will use your scholarly sources.

Total word minimum: 1000 words (5-6 pages)

Worth:100 points and 10% of your final grade


Grading criteria:To receive the full possible points, papers must:

  1. meet the word minimum.
  2. be on topic.
  3. be written thoughtfully and carefully crafted.
  4. be your own original analysis.
  5. provide details examples and references to the primary text(s).
  6. incorporate appropriately cited scholarly research to support your own ideas.
  7. be formatted correctly, including outline and works cited page.

Well-written essays enable a reader to understand the writer’s intended meaning.  Effective writing is focused on the topic; has an organizational pattern (“arrangement of argument”) that enables the reader to follow the flow of ideas; contains supporting ideas developed through the use of details, examples, source references, and vivid language; includes a variety of sentence structures; and follows the grammatical conventions of punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and standard American English.

Be sure to cite any outside sources you use (including the textbook) and including page numbers. Make sure that your work includes BOTH in-text citations and a Works Cited page.