The final project should show evidence of careful and thoughtful development of the subject with attention to appropriate depth and detail. The project should be clear, coherent, and well organized. It should be free of errors that hinder meaning and free of plagiarized material.
Course Project Description
For your project, you should choose a character from the novel you have read. Explain what makes that character uniquely American. Please feel free to think outside the box. There are characters within these novels that may not be legally or technically American but are tremendous examples of the American spirit. This gives you a lot of opportunity to really explore a character that interests you.
You will need to incorporate many aspects of the novel to prove your case. Be sure to look at issues such as imagery, dialect, social and cultural influences, and point of view, among others.
Your essays should be in MLA Style and approximately 5 pages, not including the Work(s) Cited page. As with most academic writing, this essay should be written in third person. Please avoid both first person (I, we, our, etc.) and second person (you, your).
In the upper left-hand corner of the paper, place your name, the professor’s name, the course name, and the due date for the assignment on consecutive lines. Double space your information from your name onward, and don’t forget a title. All papers should be in Times New Roman font with 12-point type with one-inch margins all the way around your paper. All paragraph indentations should be indented five spaces (use the tab key) from the left margin. All work is to be left justified. When quoting lines in literature, please research the proper way to cite short stories, plays, or poems.
You should use the online APUS library to look for scholarly sources. Be careful that you don’t create a “cut and paste” paper of information from your various sources. Your ideas are to be new and freshly constructed. Also, take great care not to plagiarize.
These are the books to choose from
·At Fault by Kate Chopin (Available as a Kindle download from Amazon)
The Octopus: A Story of California by Frank Norris, available from Archive.org
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald, available from Literature Project
The Prophet of the Great Smoky Mountains by Mary Noailles Murfree, available from Archive.org
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, available from Archive.org
Part II to the final project on separate page
Part I: Post your thesis for the final project. Be sure that it takes a position and specifically addresses the literature you are discussing.
Part II: Post a rough draft of your final project (at least 300 words).