Mrs. Vandigriff’s 2008/2009 Independent Project English 9 Honors
Write a five page typed thesis paper. Adhere closely to the rules of a thesis paper and Modern Language Association (MLA) rules. See below link for rules.
Select one thesis topic from the below list for your
stereotyping as used in Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations. Stereotypes
make assumptions about how individuals will behave because of their age, gender, race, social status and other fixed categories. Which characters are the victims of stereotyping?
Do any of them break through the behavior expected of the, showing individuality and exposing the falseness of narrowly
labeling people? (Some research necessary).
- What _____did
and why they did it. (Select one character and examine in detail).
- The use
of symbolism in the novel.
and discuss comparisons between the author, Charles Dickens and the character Pip. (Some
Expectations has been described as a Bildungsroman, a novel tracing the education and spiritual growth of a young protagonist. Chose one lesson that Pip learns, and trace his education both socially and emotionally
on that issue throughout the novel.
Expectations contains many details that foreshadow, or predict, later events. Identify
at least one detail that foreshadows each of the following incidents:
- ______ revelations
that he is Pip’s benefactor
- ______ attempt
to murder Pip
realization that _______ is Estella’s biological mother
- The __________
of Joe and Biddy
- Some critics
argue that because Dickens wants his reader to view the story from a child’s perspective, he purposely draws on the
conventions of fairy tales in creating his plot, characters, and settings. What
evidence is there in the novel to support this view? Write a paper in which you
answer these two questions. Consider the following elements in your evaluation:
that would be unbelievable in real life
that resemble witches, evil stepmother, large-than-life villains, fairy godmothers, ogres, beautiful princesses, and frogs
disguised as a prince.
or make-believe settings