Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to build a logically organized and well documented argument. Your argument should convince your reader that the connections you have identified between the literature and its Victorian social contexts are meaningful, by providing detailed evidence that proves how and why the connections are noteworthy.
Draw connections between literary texts and their historical context
Construct a compelling argument about the Victorian period and its literature
Justify your claim with supporting evidence from primary and secondary sources
Your essay will achieve the learning objectives above through the close reading of three texts, including at least one novel. Your essay must also use and cite from both the three literary texts (primary sources) and at least three background materials (secondary sources) from the Learning Resources to support your argument. (linked below)
Victorian literary works reflected an increased interest in the social issues of the time. Choose one social issue—either imperialism, poverty, industrialization, or discrimination—and trace that issue in three Victorian literary texts. What connections can you make between each text and the social issue in a Victorian context? (I chose child labor or the negative effects of industrialization)
Length: The paper should be 5-7 pages; MLA format: double-spaced, 12-point Times Roman font, and one-inch margins all around (approximately 1,500 to 2,000 words).
Format: The paper must be formatted in MLA style and include the following parts:
Introductory paragraph that provides brief, relevant background on the scope of your argument.
Argumentative thesis statement (in the introduction).
Close reading and analysis of three literary texts from our course syllabus, supported by evidence from the literary texts (primary sources) and background materials (secondary sources).
Conclusion that returns to the thesis and reflects on the argument and its further implications.
Separate Works Cited page formatted in MLA style.
(Main topic links)
https://leocontent.umgc.edu/content/dam/equella-content/engl312/HardTimes.pdf?ou=715801 (please main focus being on this novel. Hard Times)
Some of the secondary sources are a college link or a class specific link. If unable to access, please let me know and I will just slip in some random citations from these sources.