Essay #1 (15%) due Wednesday, February 15, 11:59pm via Moodle in Essays and Assignments  

In this essay, you will write a formal research essay about the short stories or poetry we have studied in this course. The essay requires two secondary sources, with a minimum of 2 in-text citations per source. I will provide one of the sources necessary for your research (follow the link below the question), and you will be responsible for locating the second one using the library catalogue or databases. The purpose of this assignment is to teach you how to read critical material and incorporate it effectively into your own work. This is the premise of academic writing, and we will spend significant class time on the subject. 

Sparknotes or other study guides are not critical sources. Although they are sometimes useful for plot summaries, their critical analyses are weak, and you should not rely on them for your interpretation of the texts. Any ideas or words you use from such guides must be documented.

Choose one of the following topics. Your essay should be 1000 words in length, double spaced (4 typed pages) in proper MLA format. This includes formatting the secondary sources and a Works Cited. Do not justify the right-side margins, and use at least 12 pt font. 

All answers must do a close reading of the texts in question, and not just generalize about theme. This includes a detailed study of the poetry/prose terms and devices that we have discussed this semester.  As you work toward the due date, I will be happy to go over your ideas and questions, as well as examine your rough drafts. 

Please note that the links will work on campus, but may not work off campus, or you may be required to log in to the library system. 



1. Is the narrator in "The YellowWallpaper" a reliable one? You will support your answer with specific examples that you will examine in detail. What role does John play in her unreliability? There are two versions of the story. Please ensure that you use this version of the story

King, On Not Reading Between the Lines  King, Jeannette, and Pam Morris. “On Not Reading between the Lines: Models of Reading in ‘The Yellow Wallpaper.’” Studies in Short Fiction, vol. 26, no. 1, Dec. 1989, pp. 23–32.

2.  Discuss how art plays a significant role in the dramatic monologue and how the Duke reveals his relationship with his former wife in Browning’s “My Last Duchess.” How does the Duke us art to control others?  

Miller, "Browning's My Last Duchess" (publication info at end of article)

3  a) Discuss "A Good Man is Hard to Find" as a journey or travel narrative.   OR

      b) Discuss "A Good Man is Hard to Find" as an example of the grotesque. 

Desmond,"Flannery O'Connor's Misfit and the Mystery of Evil"   Desmond, John. “Flannery O’Conner’s Misfit and the Mystery of Evil.” Renascence, vol. 56, no. 2, Jan. 2004, pp. 129–37.

4.  Discuss "Young Goodman Brown" as a moral allegory. You may begin by defining "allegory" and how the story fits the genre. Your task is not to explain the moral of the story, but to describe the various aspects of the allegory, such as naming of characters, the role of family, and the obstacles that Brown repeatedly faces. From this, you may consider what the story is about. Is it a "coming of age story?" Is it about the nature of "evil?" Is it about temptation? 

 Williamson, "Young Goodman Brown: Hawthorne's Devil in Manucript"  Williamson, J. L. “Young Goodman Brown”: Hawthorne’s “Devil in Manuscript”. Studies in Short Fiction, [s. l.], v. 18, n. 2, p. 155, 1981. Acesso em: 13 fev. 2023.



All grades will be assigned using The King's University alpha scale below (A+ - F). You will upload your essay to Turnitin by the designated due date.

Late paper assessment will follow standard Department of English late policy: one alpha grade-step deduction per day (excluding 12am to 11:59pm on Sundays and statutory holidays) to a maximum of five steps. If extenuating circumstances arise, contact your instructor in writing to arrange a plan for completion of the paper. Unless a written extension has been granted in advance, essays will not be accepted more than TWO weeks past the due date, and no assignments can be accepted after the last day of classes. 

BOTH essays must be completed to qualify for the final exam, and must meet the minimum requirements for the assignment, including research and passable word count. Failure do so will result in a failing grade in the course even if the grade is mathematically a pass. The submission of only a title page, or a few hundred words, does not constitute an essay.

Please note that although late marks are not deducted for Sunday, you will still lose marks if the essay is not submitted on the weekend. For example, if the essay is due Friday, it will lose two grade points if it is submitted Monday.


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This link leads to my list of marking symbols when I grade your assignments. 

Academic integrity measures will be used in this course, including screening all essays for originality through Turnitin. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence with potentially disastrous consequences, and I intend to hold you to the highest academic standards. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with University policies regarding scholarly ethics and academic integrity (see current King's calendar).

There is a zero tolerance policy and multiple incidents may affect your academic record. Stiff penalties apply for offenders.

Academic Honesty
The University disciplinary code defines the following as offenses. Committing these or aiding another student in committing these is academic misconduct.

Cheating includes: obtaining or providing information or material from or to others during an exam; allowing another student to observe answers during an exam; or possessing or attempting to acquire or distribute unauthorized material relating to an exam.

Plagiarism includes: representing another's work in whole or in part as one's own in an exam or paper, knowingly including a false statement or reference as if it were true, or submission by the student of the work prepared for a different course without the express consent of the instructor.

Other offenses are: tampering or attempting to tamper with examinations, class work, grades or class records; failure to abide by instructor directions regarding the individuality of work; impersonation of another student in an examination or other class assignment; falsification or fabrication of lab reports; the non-authorized recording of lectures; failure to obtain approval, permission, or to otherwise follow procedures, as required by the University as outlined in the University Calendar.

The first occurrence of plagiarism in any course results in a zero for the assignment, test, or exam; the second case in any course results in a zero for the course; and the third case in any course results in academic suspension. Occurrences of plagiarism will also be noted on the student’s academic record. For more information see the King’s Calendar.

Academic integrity applies to every aspect of the classroom – from testing to our relationship with peers. Major assignments will be vetted by TurnItIn; students will also sign and submit an Academic Integrity Agreement detailing our shared understanding of professional practices and conduct.

***Please (PLEASE!) discuss with me any concerns you may have regarding your research or other matters. I will also address plagiarism and proper citation methods throughout the semester, and post information on our website.


Student Support Services

Students with disabilities or medical conditions who require academic accommodations in this course must contact a Coordinator in the Student Support and Accessibility Office (SSAO) to complete a registration form and receive the necessary Letters of Accommodation.

After registering with the Student Support and Accessibility Office, students must present their Letter of Accommodation and discuss their needs with their professor as early in the term as possible.

Please note that more information including deadlines for the submission of documentation and completed forms to Student Support and Accessibility Office are available on the website:

Tutoring Services

Students can access tutoring help through the Tutoring Registry in the Academic Enrichment Centre in the Library, which allows students to hire a tutor at $15/hr. Students will also be able to apply to become a tutor through this Registry.

The Writing Centre, also housed within the Academic Enrichment Centre in the Library, will be offering weekly group tutorials for English as well as individual tutoring in writing. Some academic departments offer weekly group tutorials in the areas of Math, Chemistry and Biology. There is an Academic Support Assistant, who can share effective study techniques and time management skills. Book appointments by emailing

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