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For this paper, you will choose two literary texts by two different authors, or two literary texts by one author, and examine the two texts in order to establish their similarities and differences. You must also explain the significance of those similarities and differences — to the author(s), to the reader, or to literature in general. Why is it important? You may choose poems, short stories, or plays.
You may choose a work from our textbook (pp. 153-1302), or you may choose from works that are not included in our textbook so long as they were written by one of the authors in our textbook. If you would like to write about a work or works that are not in our textbook, however, you must bring the author name(s) and the title(s) of the work(s) to your professor for approval BEFORE beginning work on your paper.
One of the two literary works you choose may be something we have discussed at length in class, but the other one should be something we have not discussed.
This paper must include information from at least one resource from the Library databases. From this resource(s), you may include information about the author’s biography and how the author’s life may have affected the work if it did. The paper may also include information about the social, cultural, political, and historical era in which the work was written, with comments on how those factors in the environment may have influenced the work.
Illustrations and photographs may be included, but they must be cited, and they must not take the place of text in order to reach a minimum of three full pages of text (not including the Works Cited page).
The paper will be a minimum of three pages in length, with a Works Cited page in addition to the three pages of content. The paper will be in MLA format. It must be double-spaced, with one-inch margins, and you should use Times New Roman 12-point font or Arial 11-point. Pages should be numbered. In-text citations will be used wherever the student draws from resources found in the databases or elsewhere, whether it is quoted or paraphrased.