Write on one of the topics below dealing with A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen:
1. Write a paper in which you analyze the character of Nora. In terms of your thesis,
can you develop three aspects of Nora’s character? Think of what defines Nora as
a person. What do the critics say about Nora? Quote from the play AND from the
critics. [You will be listing four critical articles and the play as a fifth source on
your Works Cited page for this topic.]
2. Write a paper in which you analyze the character of Torvald. Does he love Nora?
Is his behavior reasonable or not? What do the critics say about him? In terms of
your thesis, can you develop three aspects of Torvald’s character? What defines
Torvald as a person? Quote from the play AND from the critics. [You will be
listing four critical articles and the play as a fifth source on your Works Cited Professional Custom Writing Services from the Experts!
page for this topic.]
3. Write a paper that analyzes criticism on A Doll’s House. Use the complete PMLA
essay by Joan Templeton in your essay (“The Doll House Backlash: Criticism,
Feminism, and Ibsen”), plus three other articles from scholarly journals. Quote
from all four critical articles. [You will be listing four critical articles on the
Works Cited page for this topic. Should you quote from the play also, you will list
the play as a fifth source.]
Format/Length: Your paper should be at least 1,000 words: double-spaced, 12-pt. font,
MLA documentation. Save your file in Word (.docx or .doc) or as a .PDF file.
Articles: For all topics, use FOUR critical articles from professional journals, found at the
HCCS Library Databases (ProQuest, JSTOR, Academic Search Complete).
Remember that all quotations, paraphrases, and summaries MUST be cited intext.
Cite an article by the author’s last name and the page: (Templeton 28). The
last page of your paper should be a works cited page.
• In the HCCS Library website, look at databases such as ProQuest, JSTOR,
Academic Search Complete, and Wilson OmniFile. These are great databases in
which to conduct a search for articles. Remember that you are looking for articles
in .PDF files.
• In doing your search, type in these search terms: Henrik Ibsen AND A Doll’s
House. When browsing through the articles, look at as many as possible. And
don’t overlook articles that might seem, at first glance, too general; A Doll’s
House might not be in the article title, yet the article might deal with the play
significantly. Additionally, articles may be found in collections (bound in an
edited collection as a book, with a title page that reveals each article by a different
• AVOID performance reviews, book reviews, magazine articles, versions of the
play, or summaries of the play. Do NOT use encyclopedias or abstracts. You may
NOT use sources such as encyclopedias, abstracts of articles, Cliff’s Notes,
Monarch Notes, or series such as British Authors. Do NOT search for sources by
using Yahoo or Google. (Needless to say, blogs and sites with student papers are
• Articles should come from journals such as Modern Language Quarterly, The
Explicator, Scandinavian Studies, The Theatre Journal, and College English.
• Points will be deducted if you have used unacceptable, unscholarly sources.
You should be aware of acceptable and nonacceptable sources after receiving
comments on your Annotated Bibliography.
Plagiarism Policy: Any plagiarism, any failure to document quotations, summaries,
and paraphrases (MLA documentation) will result in a zero on the
assignment. Turnitin will provide a report as to the originality of the paper. You
should be aware of the Honesty Policy stated on the Syllabus; it is expected
that this paper is TOTALLY your own work of analysis and writing—do
NOT consult information on the Internet in any fashion, and do NOT
collaborate with friends/classmates.
Submission: Submit your file in the Assignment link in Eagle Online Canvas.
Beginning the Writing Process:
• Once you have found your sources, take notes and highlight important passages.
As you write your rough draft, include quotations, paraphrases, and summaries
from sources—cite on a sentence-by-sentence basis as you write the rough draft.
Remember that you need a thesis statement which lists the three major points you
are going to develop in your paper.
• When citing quotes from A Doll’s House, cite the act number and the page
parenthetically: (775; act 2).
• When quoting a brief passage from one character in the play, identify the speaker
in your introduction to the quote. (Remember that long quotes should be blocked.)
• IF you quote conversation between two characters, that quote should be
BLOCKED—and then character names would be in all caps before speeches (just
as displayed in your text).
• If you quote stage directions, note that they should be in italics.
• You may use ellipses to omit any part of a speech (or stage directions).
• INTRODUCE ALL QUOTES—with an independent clause followed by a colon.
• When citing a quote from an article, cite the author’s last name and the page:
(Templeton 29). Spell names of critics correctly. You do NOT have to put the title
of the article inside your paragraph; such information should be on the works
cited page. Open .PDF files so you will have page numbers to cite; do NOT open
.html files for articles in the databases.
• The last page of your final draft should consist of the required works cited page.
• Make certain you proofread carefully! You will be graded on quality of sources,
soundness of content, thoroughness of documentation, plus grammar, punctuation,
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