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Ethan Frome Final Paper:

Character Analysis
Requirements: Your thesis statement should be stated directly in your introduction and be proven throughout your body paragraphs. You must use at least one quotation from the novel in each of the three body paragraphs to support your ideas. These quotations must be correctly documented according to MLA guidelines refer to Format for Quotations below. The paper must be typed in 12 point font and double-spaced. The paper must have a titledo not underline it or put it in quotes. Length The paper should be at least one full page typed, but no more than two pages. Deductions will be made for the following errors: 1. Contractions (except in direct quotations from the story) they are informal 2. 1st and 2nd person pronouns keep your paper in 3rd person. 3. Slang and non-specific words (thing, guy, a lot, kid, etc.) also informal 4. Grammar, spelling, and usage errors 5. Typing errors 6. Tense shiftswrite in all present or all past tensebe consistent. 7. Not underlining or italicizing book titles Character Choices: Ethan Frome Zeena Frome Mattie Silver Starkfield (the setting as a character)

Writing Your Thesis Statement

As weve discussed, a thesis statement is a sentence or two that tells the reader what the rest of the essay is about. Good thesis statements do not simply announce a topic; they say something about the topic, and it provides the framework for your paper. Never start a thesis with, In this paper I will discuss

A thesis statement makes a promise to the reader about the scope, purpose, and direction of the paper. It summarizes the conclusion that the writer has reached about the topic.

For Example: Through Miss Maudie Atkinsons open-mindedness, optimism, and compassion, she

helps Jem and Scout better understand Atticus and their community.

Your Essay/Assignment Details:

Visit this webquest and use the sources from the process tab to gather more information about the actions of the characters Write a two-page character analysis. Choose one of these questions if you need more focus: Is Ethan Frome a tragic Hero? Is any character from this story heroic? Who is the novels villain? Who or what is responsible for the sad fate of Ethan Frome? How would the book be different if Zeena told the story? If Mattie told the story? Do the characters control their own destinies? How important are the novels minor characters? Would todays feminist movement object to Ethan Frome?