For this assignment you will write your evaluation essay. You are required to submit only your
final draft for this assignment (though we encourage all students to take advantage of the
additional feedback a draft can provide). Use the grader’s feedback and the rubric to make
revisions to your draft before submitting the final. Your second draft will be graded.
Now that you have completed Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, locate at least one critical
analysis essay written about the 1818 version of Mary Shelley’s novel. Your source should be
reliable and located in a university publication (written by a professor,) a literary journal, or
an online literary website. Following are some examples of acceptable online literary
You should choose from one of these if you want to use a website:
ipl2 Literary Criticism
Professor Sherry Ginn’s critique: http://www.clas.ufl.edu/ipsa/2003/ginn.html
Professor Naomi Hetherington’s
The questions in the study guides should have helped you evaluate this criticism in your
head. Now it’s time to write it down!
Your evaluation may go more smoothly if you approach the guiding questions in this order:
1. Evaluate the critic/author:
Who wrote the criticism you read? What credentials does the author have (education,
professional career, other publications, etc.)? (If you are using a credible author, you should
be able to find her/his credentials fairly easily)
2. Find the thesis of the article:
What is the thesis of the critical article you’ve chosen? What point does the author want to
make about Frankenstein?
3. Evaluate the thesis:
Do you agree with this thesis? Why or why not? We’ve covered many ideas in the study
guides. Can you find points within the guides that support your agreement or disagreement
with the critical writer(s)? Look for new supporting information rather than revisiting the
same ones the critics have chosen.
4. Evaluate the support:
Whether you agree or disagree with the thesis, does the critic provide sufficient research
from the text and outside references to make a strong case? What does the article have for
support from the text or outside sources? In your opinion, what makes these references
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