Due Date: February 9th

Marks: 20% of the final grade (10—Content [insight; connections between elements in the text; observations about the text; use of examples to support the thesis]; 5—Style [organization: coherence and unity of essay and paragraphs; clarity: sentence structure and word choice]; 5—Mechanics: accuracy in grammar, spelling, punctuation and format]).

Length: 1,000 words, not including quotations
Format: Persuasive essay; MLA Style guidelines

Topics: choose one of the topics below or develop one of your own after consulting with me.

1.    Compare and contrast a motif (a character type, image/symbol, setting, or narrative/plot sequence that is repeated) found in The Revelation and another section of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, or Daniel, for example) or Gilgamesh or The Seeress’s Prophecy. What conclusion can you draw about apocalypses as a result of the comparison/contrast?

2.    Trace the development of a specific motif (garden imagery, the divine warrior, the wasteland setting, etc.) in The Revelation as a way of explaining the importance of the theme that the motif appears to embody.

3.    Apocalyptic discourse often depends for its imaginative and emotional power on simple, but varied, binary oppositions, but the simplicity and power of these oppositions are also potentially dangerous from a political and/or social point of view. Agree or disagree with reference to The Revelation and one other text.

4.    “From where do genres come? Why, quite simply, from other genres. A new genre is always the transformation of one or several old genres: by inversion, by displacement, by combination.” Discuss the extent to which this statement by Todorov is true in relation to The Revelation and other texts we’ve studied so far.

Please follow the format outlined below:

(a)    title page: centre the title, no bold or unusual scripts; no pictures; bottom right hand corner—your name, course name, my name, date. In MLA style, a title page is optional, but please include it.

(b)    manuscript:

(1) 1 “ margins (right, left, top, bottom); page numbers in top right hand corner (1/2” from the top of the page), beginning with the first page of the manuscript (not including the title page)

(2) double-space the whole manuscript, including quotations, notes, and the list of Works Cited

(3) 12 point font, no unusual, ornamental or coloured fonts

(4) indent paragraphs five spaces, or 1/2″

(5) indent block quotations 1 “, or 10 spaces
–block quotations are required when over 3 lines of poetry are being quoted or when a prose selection takes up 3 lines of your text. Do not use quotation marks. Indent the quotation as above instead. Line references are included in brackets after the quotation, but outside the closing punctuation of the quotation. Reproduce the lines precisely as you find them in the text. If the line quoted is longer than your margins, indent 3 spaces from the previous margin.

(6) quotations that are blended into your text should be integrated grammatically, include quotation marks, reproduce the text precisely, use a slash (/) to indicate the end of a line of poetry, and include a line reference in brackets within the period at the end of the sentence if that is where the quotation ends.

(7) the Works Cited page is a separate page that is the last page of the manuscript. Works Cited (or Work Cited if you use only one text) should be centred at the top of the page: no underlining, unusual scripts or font sizes, or bold.  For formats of Works Cited entries, see an MLA style guide such as the one on the TRU library website.

(9) Use abbreviations in brackets to refer to the Bible as follows: the text refers to “ a woman clothed with the sun” (Rev. 12.1). No ellipsis marks (. . .) are necessary at the beginning of a quotation when integrating it into your sentence. If part of a quotation is omitted in the middle of a sentence (“a woman . . . the sun”), ellipsis marks must be used. If the quotation ends with the end of your sentence, no ellipsis marks are needed, but if the end of your sentence is not the end of the sentence you are quoting, ellipsis marks must be used, preceded by a period (“woman clothed with the sun. . . .” ) when not followed by a reference. When a parenthetical reference is used, the quotation is followed by four periods with a space in front of all of them as in the following: “woman clothed with the sun . . .” (Rev. 12.1).