You will write an essay based on the BRAINSTORMING activity completed. Remember, you must write an essay which contains a thesis statement based on one of the prompts you completed for the Brainstorm activity.
1. Defend your reasons for the sanity or insanity of the narrator from the story.
2. How tension is created in ' The Tell Tale Heart' by Edgar Allan Poe?
4. Although this is a story of madness, for Poe there is no such thing as "meaningless madness."
Write a discussion of the nature of madness in the story.
5. Poe insisted that every detail in a short story should relate to its central effect and thus
contribute to a unified story. What unifies this story? What central effect holds it together?
6. Poe is often concerned with the themes of time and mortality, that is, how human beings are
trapped in time and thus doomed to death. Explain how this story reflects these two common Poe
7. Look at other Poe stories/poems which focus on an obsessed, seemingly mad, narrator. ("The
Black Cat," and "The Cask of Amontillado." are two popular stories reflecting obsession and
madness.) What characteristics do the narrators in these stories share?
Grading of Assignments/ Deadlines: Your essay grade will be based on all of the following assignments: N.B. (Note Well) A 10 point per day deduction will apply to each assignment listed above if not submitted on time. Brainstorm due Monday, April 16, 2007 100 points
1. Write down the essay prompt you have selected. (20 pts)
2. Find at least 3 specific examples from the text to support any ideas related to your
1st Draft due Wednesday, April 18, 2007 100 points
1st draft must be typed or written neatly. Point deductions will occur as follows if the following requirements are not evident in the 1st draft. A 10 point deduction (per requirement) will apply if any of the ensuing requirements have not been completed: Thesis statement, MLA Citations, Works Cited page, Introduction, Conclusion. A 5 point deduction if the assignment is submitted via email after class.
Final Draft due Monday, April 23, 2007 100 points
Must be typed and double spaced. See scoring rubric for a more detailed explanation.