Address one of the approaches below—or, ideally, develop your own—in a thesis-driven research paper of at least five full pages (double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman). Be sure to support your argument with specific evidence culled from the texts. In addition to your primary source (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), you should draw upon a minimum of two secondary sources from the book. Avoid simply rehearsing remarks already covered elsewhere and strive instead for an original reading that showcases your own interpretation.
Remember that what follow are prompts rather than simple questions, and you need not account for every suggestion raised. Narrow your response to a single, well-defined thesis that can be defended with appropriate citations. Also, bear in mind that an argumentative paper (especially one this sort) generally avoids summary and long quotation. Assume that your reader is already an expert (or is at least posing as one).
As with your first three papers, you might find it helpful to employ the topic and thesis “test phrases” or the paper outline model we’ve discussed. Be sure that any claims you make in response to your readings are supported by clear evidence.
Papers will be graded on strength of argument (tenability of thesis, effective use of evidence, and overall persuasiveness); clarity of expression (organization, style, and writing mechanics); adherence to correct structure and formatting; and originality. Like all written work in this course, essays should follow MLA format.