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Frankenstein Word Search and Analysis Assignment

The goal of this assignment is a well-researched and thoughtful analysis of a significant word in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This analysis will be made in both a 750-800 thesis-focused essay and in an oral class presentation.

You should begin working on this assignment after Thanksgiving break. You are expected to

1.) Use the word search program available on the Frankenstein website to create a list of all the appearances of particular words used in the novel. Each member of the seminar must search different words. Words will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Your task is to search the appearance of five (5) different words in an electronic version of Frankenstein. You are expected to submit to the instructor copies of these word searches, accompanied by three or four sentence statement noting special features about each word and the way it is used in the novel. Finally, add three or four more sentences indicating which of these words you have chosen to focus on and why. This material is due on Dec. 7th.

2.). Examine closely the way this word is used in Shelley's novel and write a 750-800 word, thesis-focused essay analyzing this usage. Your paper should answer questions such as the following: Why is this word important in the novel? Does the meaning of the word change during the novel? How many meanings does this word have in the novel? Your essay should use direct quotations from the novel. This paper is due on Dec.9th.

3.) Give a five-minute oral presentation about this image to the class. In this presentation, which will take place in class on Dec. 12th, you will summarize your work for the class. Your presentation should be accompanied by a handout citing some of the significant appearances of your word in the novel. Talk about the work you did in #1 and #2.

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