Unit Response Paper: Love and Marriage

Choose among the following prompts to complete the Unit Response Paper (500-750 words minimum). Your paper should be primarily literary analysis, as opposed to summary. Outside research is not required. Your paper should contain an engaging introduction, a strong thesis, an effective organization strategy, adequate support and development of that thesis using evidence from the text, and a conclusion that does more than just summarize your paper. You should include in-text citations when referencing the literature, but it is not necessary to do a works cited page for required course readings. Papers should be formatted according to MLA guidelines.
1. Each of the authors in this unit – Bradstreet, Austen, Mary Shelley, Haywood, Browning, Freeman, and Chopin – touch on the role of females within a marriage or romantic relationship. Choose two (or more) authors to compare and/or contrast in terms of their portrayal of gender and the institution of marriage. Support your view with evidence from the text.
2. Put forth and support an interpretation of Mary Shelley’s “The Mortal Immortal,” Jane Austen’s Love and Freindship, Eliza Haywood’s “Fantomina; or, Love in a Maze,” or Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. Support your view with evidence from the text.