Emphasize the difference between a hero and a heroine, and how does Lavinia’s femininity impact her heroism
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1900-2100 words long,
explore a theme and its development,
consider poetic/rhetorical devices in two
and another scholarly essay that you have
The primary focus of the paper should be Lavinia.
Other works should be discussed as they
illuminate the novel.
This is not a compare-and-contrast essay.
Begin with an introductory paragraph, 3-5
sentences long. In it,
introduce key ideas and background,
include authors and titles,
end this paragraph with your thesis statement.
The thesis statement should make all the
points that you will develop/support in the body of the paper. These should
a claim about language and
a larger claim about a theme.
Think of the essay as three 500-word essays
plus an introduction and a conclusion.
Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence
that makes a claim taken from your thesis.
Each paragraph should have 1-3 direct quotations
to support your argument.
Conclude with one paragraph, 3-5 sentences
Key words for conclusions: Inferences,
What have you inferred?
How have you interpreted the evidence?
What does your argument imply about interpreting
the works that you have studied?
Give your paper a
meaningful title (not “Paper 4” or “Lavinia Paper”).
paper and use 12-point Times New Roman or a similar font.
Margins should be
one inch on all sides.
When quoting 3+
lines of poetry, block the quotation (double indent) and present the lines
as they appear in your source. For less than 3 lines, use a virgule ( / )
Cite poetry by
Edit your prose to meet the word count. If
your paper is under 1900 words, you probably have not given enough detail. If
it is over 2100 words, cut out all throat-clearing and sign-posting.
How does this compare to heroism in Virgil’s Aeneid, in Dante’s Inferno, or in Tennyson’s “Ulysses”?
I need only one additional scholarly source to be referenced aside from the two texts. But all three (Lavinia, the poem Ulysses, and the additional source) should be cited in the works cited page. Emphasize the difference between a hero and a heroine, and how does Lavinia’s femininity impact her heroism in Lavinia as opposed to the kingly Ulysses who (selfishly?) yearns for another adventure away from the responsibilities of his island home.