The novel The Sweet Hereafter opens and closes with chapters narrated by Dolores Driscoll, and she is mentioned several times in the other three chapters of the novel as well, so the book presents her as a complicated character. What do you make of her? What do you think is the author’s (or book’s) opinion of Dolores? Do you think the book want the reader to see her as responsible for the accident? What are your reasons for your answer?
Consider these questions and explain how you think the novel as a whole wants us to see Dolores. Don’t oversimplify her; don’t cherry-pick your evidence—be sure to work with evidence in the novel that contravenes your view of Dolores.
Use direct quotations from the novel for your evidence, and then explain how the quotations support your claims. Avoid plot summary/narration. Avoid author biography. Avoid evaluating the story’s quality. Avoid commenting on whether you liked or disliked the text.
Paper Preparation: Before you write this paper, explore your ideas by also considering some of the following questions as you reread the novel.
–What are the various attitudes towards and opinions about Dolores throughout the novel?
–Does the novel suggest or convey contradictory information?
–What seems to motivate the various characters’ actions?
–What do you think is the novel’s theme?
–What do you think is the tone of the novel?
–What role do you see point of view playing in your understanding of Dolores and other characters?
Manuscript Specifications: Changes from The MLA HandbookPlease carefully read through and follow these instructions on how to format all of your work for
this course. You may note that I ask you to format your manuscripts differently from the way you have in other courses. If so, please do as I specify, not as you’ve done in the past. Papers that do not follow these specifications will lose up to twenty points (out of 100) and may be returned either ungraded or with a grade but no comments. Following this format ensures your anonymity during my grading.
First, you should choose a font that resembles a typewritten print—it’s best to use Times New Roman; depending upon the font, use either a 10- or 12-point size. (This handout is in 11-point Times New Roman font.) No italics (except for foreign words, titles, and the like); no bold print or special effects. Make the manuscript a neutral conveyor of your ideas.
Next, start with typing your paper’s title at the top of the first page. (Do not use either a heading or a coversheet, and do not put your name or other class information—or a page number—on the first page.) The title should be centered and appropriately capitalized; otherwise, it should maintain the same print and format specifications as the rest of the document. Remember that your title should be original and should be an early clue to your topic and thesis.
From the title to the body of the text and within the body of the text, all lines should be double- spaced–except longer quotations (which should be single-spaced). Do not insert extra lines between paragraphs. Set margins on all sides of the document at 1 inch; become familiar enough with your word processor to set margins correctly. Indent the first line of each paragraph 1/2 inch. Left justify the body of your text; do not full justify.
If your document should extend to more than one page, you will need to add a header to the second and subsequent pages. The header should include only the page number; justify it to the right side of the page. Do not include a “p” before the number. Do not number the first page. Do not include your name with the page number. At the end of your essay, include a word count. Use the “Word Count” function to get this number, then type the information. Put your name after the word count.
Refer to The MLA Handbook for guidelines to citing sources. If you draw on or refer to sources, make sure you cite them properly. Unless I direct you otherwise, use the MLA style for citation: in-text (parenthetical citation) and end-of-text (Works Cited entry). Whether accidental or deliberate, the failure to cite sources for either quotations or paraphrases constitutes plagiarism, a serious academic offense that can result in expulsion from Southern.
Remember: Papers that do not follow all these specifications will lose up to twenty points (out of 100) and may be returned either ungraded or with a grade but no comments. Following directions exactly is the easiest part of this course; don’t lower your grade for failing to pay attention to them.
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