Literary Research Paper Guidelines: Format: MLA format with a MLA works cited page Length: minimum 6 pages typed Font and Spacing: Times New Roman 12pt, Double Spaced References: Two Primary Texts, Two Secondary References Prompt: Considering the different genres of literature, what ties do you observe between life and the art of the written word. Select a theme or issue and at least two works of literature, be it poem, story, or play, etc., to illustrate this connection. Suggestions: Define Literature in your introduction. Reflect of its importance. Feel free to quote someone else’s definition, but be sure to reference MLA style. (1/2 a page to a page) Select an issue or aspect of life that you will be focusing on. Then select at least two works of literature, i.e. poems, plays, songs, stories, or films. Spend time detailing and reflecting on the theme or issue. How is your topic important to the overall human experience? (1 page) Next, discuss the works of literature you have selected. Engage them critically; do not just summarize them. Think about what does each piece say about your topic and how it conveys its message. Why are these pieces important? How does the work of art expand and complicate its theme? Does the work tell us something new? (2 pages per work of literature) Consider the themes of the works. - For your conclusion, what is the overall connection of literature and life? What can we learn from each work? Why do we care about the theme of the words? How do these works of literature, and literature in general, enrich the human condition and experience? (1/2 a page to a page) Evaluation Criteria · The most important thing is that you fully use your writing skills to examine the work of literature. · I will be looking to see how well you use the primary texts as examples in your essay. · I am not looking for grammatical perfection, but the essay must be readable and free of mechanical errors that distract your reader. All these criteria will be considered in light of the Gordon Rule Rubric (Links to an external site.