Take Home Final

Date Due: Tuesday, March 15 by 5:00 pm either in my English Department mailbox (Room A638) or by email to jgarret@calstatela.edu

Essay Length: 3+ pages typed double-spaced

Examine the topic below, and write a well-organized and well-supported essay in response to it. Keep in mind that the topic is intended to initiate your thinking. As always, your paper should include:

¨      an introductory paragraph with a thesis statement that presents an argument for the reader

¨      supporting paragraphs that offer evidence to back your argument

¨      transitions that connect your ideas smoothly and logically

¨      a conclusion that sums up your argument and indicates why it is important


What are the key differences between Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1885 novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Rouben Mamoulian’s 1931 film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and what effect do these key differences have on the larger meanings of these two “texts”?


1.      Be sure to focus your argument well, using evidence from the text itself to support a clearly articulated thesis.  Avoid generalities and don’t be afraid of the specific details of the text.  Remember that the text is your friend.

2.      Be sure to proofread your essays carefully, and consider giving your paper to a friend or classmate for proofreading.  Also read your paper out loud to yourself before completing a final draft—make sure it sounds like spoken English and not like paper-ese.  Try for an easy, graceful, but not overly casual writing style; assume a reader who knows the text, but has not memorized every detail.

3.      Remember essays are never finished, only abandoned when we run out of time.