English Literature: Assignment 2 - Identity in English Literature

Instructor: Ryan Villard
If you have a College Accelerator membership and are seeking college credit for this course, you must submit an essay and pass the proctored final exam. You must submit your essay before registering for the final. Below you will find prompts and instructions for submitting your essay. Updated: 07/21/2021

Final Essay Prompts

English literature has produced some of the most well-known written works in the world, and continues to influence literature today. In this course, you've read the works of different influential English authors such as Shakespeare and Chaucer and learned about different literary movements throughout history. Choose one of the prompts below and write an 800-1200-word essay about it.

  1. Many of the works of literature you've read in this course include the theme of identity. The protagonist may be struggling to find his/her identity, create a new one, or disassociate with an old one. Using one or more of the works from your reading list, discuss how identity functions in the story and if you believe the author thinks identity is something a person is born with or creates for him/herself. Use examples from the text(s) to support your argument.
  2. While dramatic works rely on stage directions and characters to convey the story, prose almost always relies on a narrator. In many ways, the narrator fully delivers the story, impacting how the reader processes, believes, and understands it. For this essay, choose a single work of fiction from the reading list and evaluate the role of the narrator. Analyze how they convey information, and use textual evidence to argue that they are a reliable or an unreliable narrator.

Formatting & Sources

Please write your paper in the MLA format. As evidence for their analyses, students should provide quotations from the course and any outside research. Cite all quotations using MLA format. Please include any lessons you used as sources (including the lesson title and instructor's name).

If you're unsure about how to use MLA format to cite your sources, please see the following lesson:


Your essay will be graded based on the following rubric:

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