CHL137 Essay Assignment Directions, format, due dates and pre-writing activities Draft due for workshop: April 14
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Directions, format, due dates and
2. Your essay should develop a specific and focused thesis, which asserts your interpretation using evidence from the novels.Let’s focus on these a bit:
Step 1: Brainstorm ideas
What themes, symbols, allusions, and issues we’ve covered during the course of the term would make an interesting topic for an essay?
This is an essay about the importance of friendship and loyalty in the HP books.
Ron, Hermione and Harry are loyal friends.
Harry and Hermione’s close and long-term friendship is significant because it demonstrates to younger readers how boys and girls can develop strong friendships.Not a thesis / thesis
The story of Severus Snape and Lily Potter follows the pattern of medieval tales of courtly love because Snape loves her from afar, is never able to act upon his love, suffers for his love, and becomes a better, more noble man because of it. As is the case with the medieval romance, this rarified relationship is based in Christian ideals of self-denial, punishment, and redemption.Not a thesis / thesis
While some groups claim the HP books are anti-Christian, the books are actually filled with direct and indirect allusions to the Bible and to Christian terms and themes.Not a thesis / thesis
The female teachers at Hogwarts are often depicted as stereotypes and might leave young readers with the impression that librarians are humorless and strict teachers are spinsters.Not a thesis / thesis
Some critics argue that Mrs. Weasley is a stereoptype because she is a stay-at-home mother. This argument assumes that being a stay-at-home mother is a negative stereotype. I believe, however, that Molly Weasley is a positive role model precisely because she is a loving and nurturing mother of seven children, a demanding job we should value and not demean.Not a thesis / Thesis
J. K. Rowling uses the mytholgical creature Cerebus as a model for Fluffy for symbolic purposes: Both Cerberus and Fluffy guard an Underworld, a symbolic land of the dead the hero must enter as a part of his journey . . .Not a thesis / thesis
The Deatheaters are a metaphor for groups like the KKK or the Nazis, which demonstrates that J. K. Rowling attempted to write a series of books with an anti-racist message.Not a thesis / thesis
2. Write a working thesis:
Individually, write a working thesis (“working” means it is not permanent -- just a starting place).
Share the thesis with your group to get feedback. Does it meet the criteria we just discussed? How can you refine it, narrow it down further, make it more focused?
Develop a thesis for your paper by the time class is over.