English 192—Topics for the First Essay


General Instructions: Write a five-page (between 1250-1500 words) interpretation of one of the works covered in the first two weeks of the course: Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Wells’s The Time Machine, or Lang’s Metropolis. This interpretation should have a clear, unified topic and an identifiable, arguable thesis statement backed by solid evidence and logic.  Your experience, impressions, and response to the work can guide your interpretation, but make sure that everything you claim about the work is demonstrable.  If you use secondary sources (which I strongly recommend), cite them properly.  If you decide to use one of the suggested topics, make sure you narrow its focus and make a strong thesis. Due 4/20.


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