OPTION 1 (Character Analysis):
Assignment: Choose THREE different characters from three different works—one short story, one poem, and one play—COVERED IN CLASS. Comparison and contrast should certainly play a part. Using CITED examples and quotes from the chosen works, analyze the character(s) keeping the following criteria (not necessarily ALL of them) in mind:
• point of view
• roundness (vs. flatness)
• dynamism (vs. stasis—i.e., dynamic vs. static)
• the limits/biases of their perspective (mental state, physical state, gender, race, etc.)
• setting (not just place, but time/history)
Be especially sure to keep in mind how the author goes about bringing such details/revelations about a given character STYLISTICALLY.
OPTION 2 (The Gothic and Its Influence):
What is the typical gothic subject matter? The dark. The horrible. The grotesque. The mysterious…
In a nutshell, the persistence, threat, and resurfacing of PAST sins—that is, how they are hidden (“buried”) and perpetuated in the present (which often fools itself into thinking the influence of those past sins is dead, gone, and can no longer touch them).
How does this tend to manifest itself? Perversion, insanity, murder, sadism (persecution, torture), grotesquerie.
Keep in mind that gothic works have proven to be strongly and arguably universally influential in literature and others arts; works that might be considered less obviously gothic or not gothic at all often still utilize the tropes (thematic and stylistic patterns) of the Gothic.
Assignment: Compare the style and approach of how THREE different works COVERED IN CLASS that could be considered Gothic. Make sure that ONE of the works could arguably be a less obvious example than the other