HIS 2001- Coquette Paper Assignment-AU-13
Assignment-Read Hannah Foster’s The Coquette—a fictional novel, though as the introduction reveals, one based on actual events—and write a 3-page essay that answers the following question: To what extent is Eliza Wharton’s demise a self-induced product of her own choices, or how much of it is a consequence of matters outside of her control? Is Eliza herself to be fully blame for the outcome of this story, or are other factors (other individuals, social values, behavioral norms) that are to blame? In particular, I want you to balance you to have a balance of analysis about individuals who make decisions in the book, and analysis of the way the peculiarities of the society in which they live impact and condition the consequences (often unintended consequences) of their choices. Make sure to consider the evidence as presented in the novel, and contextualized according to the mores/norms of the society that produced the novel. In other words, I don’t care how you feel about what she did and whether you think her behavior unethical or not. But instead show how you think her story exemplifies or challenges the dominant moral ideals about gender that were dominant at the time in which the book was written. Even if you argue that in the end Eliza’s fate was an outcome of her choices, I want you to be cognizant of your rhetoric: don’t shame her, don’t attack her, remain sensitive to the nuances and intricacies of her situation. Be sensitive!
Things to possibly consider in your answer
What gender norms does the novel convey? How does it suggest men in 18th century society were supposed to act? How were women supposed to act? Is the point of the novel to reinforce social norms or transgress them? How does Eliza feel about her own actions?
How do Eliza’s friends and family feel about her actions?
What is the relationship between virtue, vice, reason, passion, love, and friendship?
GUIDELINES- Remember, clear...
Citations: & sources: There is no need to consult outside sources for this assignment. Therefore, citations to material from the book can simply be parenthetical references to the page number. -Ex: Eliza’s mother, Mrs. M. Wharton, noted that “our greater or less degree of happiness must be derived from ourselves.” (136).
-PLEASE INCLUDE A WORKS CITED PAGE so I know what edition of The Coquette you are using. For instance, if you used the edition I ordered to the bookstore, yours will look like this:
-Foster, Hannah. The Coquette. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986. Ed. By Cathy Davidson.
A note on citations and plagiarism. You must cite parenthetically (Page #) every quotation you use and every time you paraphrase. For those who do not know, paraphrasing is when you take ideas and concepts from something you’ve read, and summarize them without quoting directly. You still need to give credit where credit is due. You should indicate specific page numbers when borrowing ideas or concepts from the reading, as you do when quoting. If you are doing this correctly, you should have multiple different parenthetical citations in each paragraph. These links can help: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/563/01/ and http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/563/02/. If you have any more questions contact me at office hours, after class, or via email. Be forewarned, the Carmen dropbox is equipped with plagiarism detection software.
The rubric will be identical to the last paper.
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