Supplies—5 x 8
index cards, time, knowledge of book, neat handwriting,
The number of cards you turn in will vary by book. I expect book cards for each novel and play we read in class. These works will include, but are not limited too, Oedipus Rex, Antigone, Frankenstein, Crime and Punishment, Hamlet, Macbeth, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Jane Eyre, Lord of the Flies, and Fahrenheit 451.
I. Authorial Background (include reasons for writing): 2-3 cards
II. Literary Period and Country: 1-2 cards
III. Setting—time, place, etc. For longer works this section will of course be longer. The more places a work occurs, the more cards you will have.
IV. Characters: Major characters and important minor characters. Give three quotes by or about each character and the significance of the quote. The quotes should reveal such things as character strengths and weaknesses, how other characters respond to the character, how the character feels about the conflict in the story, lessons the character may learn, or other issues along these lines. The number of cards in this section will vary depending upon the number of characters in the work.
V. Theme(s): You need to have 2-3 sentences for each major theme in the work. All great literature has more than one major theme so keep this in mind while you complete this section.
VI. Plot Summary: This section needs to be a minimum of 8 full cards. Of course the longer the work, the longer the plot summary.
VII. Unique literary devices: symbolism, allusions, irony, framework narrative, etc. and be sure to include the significance of the device to the work as a whole. I.e. Explain the importance of the major symbols if that is the unique literary device and be sure to give the example.
VIII. Critical Essay: Read one critical essay about the work. You CANNOT use Cliff Notes, Spark Notes or any other “short cut” site on the internet. Articles may come from ebschost.com or the library where we have books of critical articles on most all of the literature. You are also welcome to use my computer to look up articles on EBSCOHost. Summarize or take very thorough notes; also include a personal reaction to the article. BE SURE to include a clear copy of the complete essay along with a bibliographic entry at the beginning of your response to this section. Include not only the page numbers but the library where you found the article.
VIII. Critical Essay
Green, Henry. “Dust Motif in Madame Bovary.” Modern Language Quarterly. 14 (Jan. 1994): 431-34. (Mississippi State University Library)